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Guillermo del Toro

by Ryan Rigley

As if Guillermo del Toro isn't already busy enough, the critically adored filmmaker is rumored to be in the mix for "Heaven Sent," a movie that would take the best supernatural characters from DC Comics lore and put them in one adventure, not unlike the "Justice League Dark" comic books.

Del Toro himself has expressed his hopes to make such a movie, though nothing is official just yet. Still, while we're waiting to see if "Heaven Sent" comes to pass, now's as good a time as any to look at some of the DC Comics heroes who might find their way into the film.

Check out our "Heaven Sent" dream team below the jump!


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As mentioned in our initial "Watchmen 2" report, DC Entertainment is supposedly on the cusp of announcing some major news regarding their upcoming film plans. The upper echelon of the DC Universe's heroes, such as Wonder Woman and The Flash, are likely candidates to be included in these announcements, but what about some of the lesser known characters — like Zatanna, for instance?

Zatanna Zatara, the backwards-spelling magician, has already appeared in live action via "Smallville" and is on the cusp of getting her very own ongoing comic book series, making her hypothetical arrival on the big screen rather timely. Admittedly, a "Zatanna" film could be tricky to pull off without coming across as cheesy, but given the quality of "The Dark Knight" and the promise of "Green Lantern," I think that DC Entertainment is up to the challenge.

Assuming that Zatanna winds up in theaters eventually, either by way of her own movie or another character's, here are a few actresses that could pull off the role with magical precision. Read More...

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SmallvilleCan Jon Favreau's reality-based "Iron Man" share the same universe as Kenneth Branagh's fantasy-focused "Thor"? What about the space-faring "Green Lantern" film and Christopher Nolan's gritty take on Batman?

These are valid concerns both for fans and movie executives as Marvel Studios and DC Entertainment plan live-action adaptations of "The Avengers" and "Justice League," respectively.

While they're difficult questions to tackle, some hint at the answers could lie in an installment of the television series "Smallville" (titled "Hex") which debuted last season. In "Hex," the powerful magician Zatanna interacts not only with the super-powerful Clark Kent, but also with Green Arrow, a street-level vigilante with no superpowers to speak of.

MTV News spoke with "Hex" writer Bryan Q. Miller (the new writer of DC's "Batgirl" series) to get his take on how to integrate magically-gifted characters into a live-action comic book world. Read More...

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Zatanna - SmallvilleIn a season already filled with guest appearances from across the DC Universe, “Smallville” executive producer Brian Peterson recently revealed that Zatanna and Martian Manhunter will both return to the series before the end of the current season.

“We bring some old favorites back in like Zatanna and Martian Manhunter,” Peterson revealed to Daemon’s TV. “So [Clark’s] in the thick of the universe that he's going to be in when he's Superman this season.”

While Peterson didn’t mention if Serinda Swan and Phil Morris would reprise their respective roles as Zatanna and Martian Manhunter; it seems likely given the reluctance that the “Smallville” producers’ have shown towards the idea of recasting important roles like Lex Luthor and Lana Lang. Read More...

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ZatannaClark Kent hasn't demonstrated too many weaknesses over eight seasons on the CW television series "Smallville." Mostly, it's been Kryptonite causing headaches for the young Superman. However, Zatanna's guest appearance on tonight's episode, "Hex," might prove that magic and beautiful women are just as painful as irradiated rocks when it comes to the Man of Steel.

Played by actress Serinda Swan, Zatanna comes to the show in search of her father Zatarra's spell book so that she can summon up his spirit. Along the way, she switches Lois Lane and Chloe Sullivan into each other's bodies, grants Clark's deepest wish and chains Green Arrow to a post -- all with mixed results. Read More...

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