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While DC seems to have a good grip on their film slate between 2016 and 2020, the future of the planned Justice League Dark movie remains unclear. The film was not included in the October lineup for the DC Cinematic Universe, and while a screenplay has been written and delivered to Warner Bros, it hasn’t been given an official release date or is even on the books. Now director Guillermo del Toro may not be as committed to lead Justice League Dark, which he has been attached to since January 2013.
During a press event for his TV series The Strain, del Toro implied to IGN that while he would still like to do the project, now time is the most important factor for determining whether he’ll continue working on it.
We turned in our [script] revision, and it all depends on the calendar, you know? If I can do it, I would love to do it. And I think the screenplay and the characters are very solid.
Guillermo del Toro went on to say that even if he were to drop off the project, DC and Warner Bros would likely find someone else to helm it. He pointed out that due to his busy schedule (which includes Crimson Peak and Season 2 of The Strain) and the commitment it takes to creating a film based in a shared universe, it’s not easy for him to just dedicate himself fully to directing.
You cannot say, ‘Yeah, I’ll do it after I do this,’ or ‘I have the first season of The Strain.’ [Justice League Dark] needs to fall into the plan of the DC Universe.
Based off the comic book series that debuted in 2011, Justice League Dark would follow magically powered heroes like John Constantine, Zatanna, Swamp Thing, Deadman and many others. Although Guillermo del Toro did confirm that if made, the film would take place in the DCCU as opposed to its own continuity, meaning that if it got off the ground, there would be a chance we could see characters team up alongside the likes of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and other more well-known superheroes.
As of now, the only DC media project that’s delving deeply into the mystical side of DC Comics is the NBC series Constantine, which aired its Season 1 finale on February 13. If the pitch for Season 2 doesn’t go well, then Justice League Dark may be our only hope to see the big names in the DC magical community fight evil in live-action.