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Guillermo del Toro is still planning on showing the world his take on DC Entertainment’s supernatural characters — although whether or not he’ll be able to do more than contribute the screenplay for the movie variously known as Dark Universe or Justice League Dark is a question of timing, apparently.
“We turned in our [script] revision, and it all depends on the calendar, you know?” the Pan’s Labyrinth and Pacific Rim director told IGN. “If I can do it, I would love to d it. And I think that the screenplay and the characters are very solid.”
Del Toro first discussed the project publicly in early 2013, saying that John Constantine, Swamp Thing, the Spectre Deadman and Zatanna would appear in the movie. The development process has been ongoing since then, but the demands of Warners’ plans for its DC properties might mean that del Toro has to step aside and let someone else take the reins.
“You cannot say, ‘Yeah, I’ll do it after I do this,’ or ‘I have the first season of [del Toro’s FX series] The Strain,'” he explained, adding that the movie “needs to fall into the plan of the DC Universe.” He added that, if he wasn’t available, “somebody will do it.”
Del Toro’s calendar does look full in the near future. Following this year’s release of Crimson Peak (out Oct. 16), he has the Pacific Rim continuations (both movie sequels and animated series) to work on, in addition to ongoing work on The Strain and collaborating with Hideo Kojima on a new game in the Silent Hill franchise.
Although Dark Universe hasn’t been officially announced by Warners, it’s worth noting that DC Entertainment is replacing the Justice League Dark comic book series with one titled Dark Universe in June, featuring many of the characters expected to show up in del Toro’s movie.
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Sterling K. Brown