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One of the big winners at this year's WonderCon had to be Guillermo del Toro. The footage he unveiled of his upcoming sci-fi blockbuster 'Pacific Rim' brought the house down and was the talk of the Con for days after. During the Q&A that followed the 'Pacific Rim' footage, a fan asked him about his previously-announced DC collaboration 'Justice League Dark.' The Warner Brothers film would gather together some of the edgier supernatural characters from DC's canon. Del Toro's response to the question was intriguing. Here's the update he gave...
"On Justice League Dark, or Dark Universe, what we’re doing is we finished the bible. Then we’re going to start the screenplay with a writer we hope we can announce very soon. What I’m doing is the lead character that guides us through that is Constantine. Blonde. He is basically trying to recruit these guys. On Etrigan, I’m using Jason Blood in the time of Merlin. We get to their origin through the story. We don’t make the origin story at the top. We find it out as they each have mysteries to solve. Swamp Thing is at peace with who he is, but Deadman still needs to figure out who shot him. It’s all woven in. When I was a kid, my two favorite characters in the whole DC Universe were Etrigan and Swamp Thing, so I’m in heaven."
Dear Warner Brothers, shut up and get this made right the hell now. The level of detail, the obvious affection and understanding del Toro possesses for these characters is incredibly encouraging. It makes sense to designate one character as the leader in a superhero team-up, if only in the sense that he will be the one to progress the story. I think Constantine makes a great focal point for the project, and I'm interested to see how the group dynamics function within this collection of dark heroes. I also like the fact that the origin stories will come about as the plot progresses as opposed to dominating the first half (at least) of the film. What's interesting about all of this is that, at this point, there has been more progress made on 'Justice League Dark' than there has been on 'Justice League.' Sure, they haven't started the screenplay yet, but they have a clear direction and concept, which is far more than we can say for the more high profile Justice League project.
What do you guys think? Do you like the idea of Constantine as the focus of the 'Justice League Dark' movie? Do you think it will end up released before 'Justice League?'