Several years ago, development was underway on “Justice League Dark,” a film adaptation of the more supernatural characters in the DC Comics canon.
At the time, Guillermo del Toro and Scott Rudin were set to produce, Michael Gilio was writing a draft of the script and at one point Doug Liman was officially attached to direct the project. The story of the film began when series of ancient tomes being stolen by a madman hell-bent on humanity’s end.
Due to this, occult detective John Constantine seeks out a group of heroes that specialize in the mystic and arcane in order to save the world including Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna, Etrigan the Demon and potentially Madama Xanadu.
Recently, del Toro spoke to ComicBook.com about what originally drew him to the project:
“Well, I co-wrote a whole screenplay on Justice League Dark for Warner Bros. [Pictures]… I love Deadman, I love Demon, I love Swamp Thing. Zatanna. That’s a universe, is one thing. I’m very attracted to that side of the DC Universe. But I’m not a superhero guy. For me to like a superhero, the superhero needs to be a monster. I’m not into those things, I’ve never been. I’m always in favor of monster narratives. That’s what I like. Or, I love noir. I love police, crime dramas. I love science fiction.”
Sadly the project seemingly went dormant after both Liman’s departure and the failure of the main “Justice League” film, both in 2017. No other names have been linked and for now it is on indefinite hold and even if it were to go forward again, it will likely be retooled.