WB has really done an impressive job of late getting the gears in motion on several properties. FOX and WB are working together to develop Gordon, a series following the early days of the titular Gotham copper, Barry Allen is set to make his debut on Arrow ahead of a spin-off Flash series and NBC is reportedly developing a series based on the DC comic title, Constantine, the book that spawned the Keanu Reeves film of the same name in 2005. Director Guillermo Del Toro (Pacific Rim, Hellboy) also has a film project in the works that will feature John Constantine and he says, despite the TV show on the way about the supernatural detective and anti-hero, he and WB are still pushing forward to make Dark Universe (aka Justice League Dark), which will focus on characters from the supernatural corner of the DC universe.
Del Toro has been linked to a number of comic properties in the past and on the wishlist for several others. He seems passionate about this project, however, and its ability to successfully expand the DCCU beyond Batman and Superman. "We talked about it at DC and Warners, and I feel confident that the two properties can exist at the same time, " said Del Toro in regards to having both a Constantine show and a Dark Universe film featuring Constantine. The director also said, "I think that DC is trying to create a great universe of characters, and expand it and make it clear to the audience that it's a landscape of characters, and not just one that's dependent on one or two characters."
This is a great property for Del Toro given his creativity and love for all things dark and dreary. While there's likely some skepticism surrounding any non-Batman or Superman movie DC/WB makes (and rightly so) there's reason to be optimistic here. While Del Toro has made several very good films in the past, Pacific Rim was his first summer blockbuster type film in the US and it's easy to see the trailer for Dark Universe cutting to a "by Guillermo Del Toro, director of Pacific Rim" screen. No word has been given on if Warners and DC plan to use the same actor for the show and the film, unsurprising given that neither of these projects are happening in the near future, but worth wondering as it seems that DC is going to have a couple of pairs of shows and films with the same characters co-existing.
This is good news to Comic Book Brain Splatter. I know some people are concerned with super-hero saturation, but I'm not one of them. I'll have my DVR set for this show and I'll be in line to see Del Toro's Dark Universe...I'd love to see his take on Swamp Thing, assuming he's still a part of the plan. Stay tuned here as we'll bring you any updates as soon as we can.