by Brett White
Director Guillermo Del Toro took a few minutes during Wondercon's "Pacific Rim" panel to give an update on the progress of "Dark Universe." The project, which stars the dark heroes of the DC Universe, was mentioned a little over a month ago, with Del Toro prepping his pitch for the higher ups at Warner Bros. While Del Toro didn't divulge any info on that meeting with Warner Bros., the information he did reveal seems to hint that things are progressing quite nicely.
Del Toro revealed that he has written the story bible for the film and currently has a screenwriter drafting it into a screen play. While the screenwriter's identity is shrouded in mystery, the cast of "Dark Universe" is pretty clear. Swamp Thing will make his return to the big screen after almost a quarter century absence; he'll be joined by Deadman, the Spectre, Zatanna, Etrigan the Demon and John Constantine.
Fans who were disappointed by John Constantine's last film outing (2005's "Constantine") will be pleased to know that this version of the character will be more faithful to his appearances in the Vertigo series "Hellblazer"... meaning he'll be blonde. He'll also be the film's main protagonist, charged with the task of assembling the rest of the team.
Del Toro went into detail about the rest of the cast. "Swamp Thing is at peace with who he is," says Del Toro, "but Deadman is still trying to find out who shot him." The heroes' origins will be delivered and explored throughout the film instead of all at once, up front.
The film may not be called "Dark Universe" forever, though, as it may take on the more recognizable moniker of "Justice League Dark." This reflects the comic series of the same name, which launched in 2011 as part of DC Comics' New 52 initiative and brought these fringe characters together for the first time.
Del Toro's next project after "Pacific Rim" is the horror film "Crimson Peak," meaning we're still a ways away from seeing a blonde Constantine on-screen. The film has not yet been green-lit by Warner Bros., but with a big-name director attached and screenplay underway, it's in far better shape than "Justice League."
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