So with Marvel now planning to spread their media tentacles beyond the movies and TV and into streaming content for Netflix, everyone else left playing catchup, though Warner Bros. is finally looking ready to go hard with DC Comics. The “Man Of Steel” sequel will be re-introducing Batman, with everything reportedly leading to an eventual “Justice League” film by 2017, with “The Flash” getting his own standalone movie before that. So where does that leave some of the outlier characters of the DC Universe? Well, they need to fit into the masterplan first.
Guillermo del Toro has been attached for a little while to “Justice League Dark” aka “Heaven Sent,” a project that would see supernatural-influenced team of characters like John Constantine, Madame Xanadu, Deadman and Zatanna teaming up to do stuff. And while there are still no concrete plans, del Toro reveals that that may be because Warner Bros. are trying to figure out just how it will all work in the architecture of the universe they are apparently building.
“We’re still on [‘Justice League Dark’], writing, and hopefully it will happen but there are no developments that are new,” he told Cinefilos (via FirstShowing). “We’re still at Warner Bros., they are making plans for the entire DC universe. All the superheroes, all the mythologies, and part of that is ‘Justice League Dark.’ They’re planning on TV, movies, and all the media, so we have to fit into that plan.”
So, shocker, WB is looking to emulate Marvel, and who wouldn’t at this point? But basically, we’d wager you won’t be seeing “Justice League Dark” anytime soon. WB is going to want to focus on their A-list characters first, before figuring out how Xanadu fits into their cinematic or TV schemes. But at least it’s good to know it’s still kicking around.