A few years back Guillermo Del Toro was circling many projects to turn into movies. One was an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness which stalled out over money squabbles as well as a point of contention over GDT’s need to make this as R rated as possible. Tom Cruise was even rumored to be the lead and it still fell thru. The other project of note was Justice League Dark which would take DC’s darker more supernatural heroes like John Constantine and Deadman and place them into a superhero group at odds with all kinds of demonic and otherworldly entities. The project seemed quite suited for GDT’s talents mixing horror and superheros should be a winning combination. unfortunately that project fell apart and it seemed that the whole thing was dead again.
Well now over at trackingboard they are reporting the JLD has been resurrected with Scott Rudin producing and pushing for production to start into 2016. There are not too many details but the article sketches out the story line below:
While the film’s plot has generally been kept under lock and key, we’re hearing that it involves a series of ancient tomes stolen by a madman hellbent on the destruction of humanity. When he learns of this, occult detective John Constantine seeks out a group of heroes that specialize in the mystic and arcane in order to save the world. Though the film’s heroes have not yet been announced, save for Constantine, Del Toro had mentioned that Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna, and Etrigan The Demon will likely make up the team
Warner Brothers seem hot to fast track this to move it out with the slate of DC movie properties coming to theaters over the next several years. I’ll be honest, I never read this comic but I am really stoked to see an offbeat take on the superhero films now. Along with Marvel’s Doctor Strange this is a film I would really like to see happen. Seeing if they integrate these JLD characters into the new DC film universe with Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman could prove to be the right formula needed to get big box office. Next year’s Suicide Squad will be a real test to see if DC’s mostly unknown characters and villains can get people into the seats. Stay tuned!