Swamp Thing, Constantine, The Demon, Deadman, The Spectre and Zatara/Zatanna together. Yeah, they're not the most commercial of all the DC characters, but they've still got deeply interesting backstories, and they look cool. Batman or Superman they decidedly are not; these heroes are more of the supernatural variety. Leave it to to be the fella to bring the more quirky comic book good guys to life. The master of dark fantasy is now turning his hand to Dark Universe, now with the working title Dark Universe, bringing these otherworldly characters together on the same screen...hopefully.
The project was initially hinted at by Latino Review last year, and then sweet FA for a long time. Personally, I got all excited and was left hanging. Good thing del Toro has finally thrown us a bone while talking to IGN about his latest outing, Pacific Rim.
So far he says he's working on it with a "very, very good writer," and confirms that activity surrounding this project was already happening before Marvel started in with The Avengers. I find this particularly interesting since DC has always seemed to be a bit behind in terms of confidence when it came to their big-screen presence. According to del Toro:
The movement for this happened before The Avengers. They were already galvanized to launch Justice League and they were galvanized to make their universe cohesive. What I feel now is with 'Superman', they feel very, very confident with what they have. They are now feeling they have two pillars, Batman and Superman, for the DC Universe. Tonally, they have a darker tone, sort of urban and sophisticated. There's a foundation that now they can build on.
In the wake of the success of The Dark Knight and the hype surrounding Man of Steel, DC seems to be feeling solid enough to take a chance with something that isn't necessarily an obvious hole-in-one. With characters like Constantine, The Spectre, and Deadman in the mix, there will definitely be that noirishly supernatural atmosphere del Toro is hinting at. Check out the interview in its entirety over IGN; it's worth a watch just to see his quiet enthusiasm.
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