Justice League Dark: Producer, Plot Details, And Shooting Date Revealed


Just when you thought this movie was dead (sorry for the pun) Warner Bros. has worked its magic and brought it back to life (I apologize again).  Via The Tracking Board, Dark Universe, the live-action adaptation of Justice League Dark is now being fast-tracked with a shooting date to start sometime in 2016.  Scott Rudin will be producing the highly anticipated film and Guillermo Del Toro, who was originally slated to write, direct, and produce it, will still be producing.

Although the plot has been tightly under wraps, word on the street is 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.”  There’s no word on who the other characters will be, but Del Toro’s original idea had Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna, and Etrigan The Demon as part of the team.

The film was originally planned to be a standalone project, but it is now part of the DC Extended Universe which was kicked off with Man of Steel (2013) and includes the highly anticipated 2016 follow-up Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  As for now, the plan is to keep Dark Universe isolated from the other films, akin to what the Marvel Cinematic Universe did with Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).

Dark Universe has been in development for years.  Last year, when Guillermo Del Toro joined the project, it was thought that the film’s production was a slam-dunk.  However, in June 2015, it was reported that Del Toro was no longer part of the project, but not before handing in a finished script to Warner Bros.

In related media, NBC had a short-lived Constantine series that was canceled after a 13-episode run.  It’s unknown if Matt Ryan will be tapped to reprise his role as John Constantine.  Fans shouldn’t get their hopes up as DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns has stated that the TV and film universes will remain separate.

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