Guillermo del Toro in talks for superhero team up movie?

News Glen Chapman 5 Nov 2012 - 07:34
Guillermo Del Toro - currently a happy man.

So impressed is Warner Bros with Pacific Rim, it might just be offering Guillermo del Toro a couple of interesting options...

It would appear that Warner Bros is very impressed with Guillermo del Toro's eagerly-awaited Pacific Rim, which certainly bodes well as, it's made our list of next year's blockbusters. So impressed is Warner Bros that it's apparently happy to offer del Toro his pick of its roster for his next project. Might it be, then, that a superhero team-up movie is catching his eye?

But hold on: it's not the one you're thinking of. Del Toro won't be taking the director's chair on Warner Bros' Justice League film. Instead, he's looking to devise a new one by himself that is, shall we say, a little more to his tastes.

He's looking to unite characters such as Hellblazer, Swamp Thing, The Spectre, Deadman, Phantom Stranger and a number of others in a film provisionally titled Heaven Sent. If it goes ahead, it'll be a darker alternative to The Avengers and Justice League movies that will bring characters to the big screen that would otherwise struggle to get their own standalone movie. 

There's one rather major hurdle, though, in that there are significant legal issues in place to getting all these characters together. Apparently, Warner Bros has tasked its lawyers with getting to the bottom of various rights issues to see if this project is a possibility. If not, del Toro hardly has a lack of projects lined up. Still, this does sound pretty great, so fingers crossed.

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Has a lot of potential...

I've been pretty disappointed with the Justice League Dark comic; perhaps Del Toro's take on the concept could alleviate that. Hellblazer has certainly been my favourite ongoing series for over a decade now, and I'd be interested to see what he'd do with Constantine. That said, an audience would presumably need a lot of origins to get on board with most of these characters, and doing it all in one film might not leave much breathing room, story wise.

This very much plays to Del Toro's strengths and I hope WB really are trying to make this happen.

That. Sounds. Amazing.

When you think about Constantine's first appearance in the Alan Moore's Swamp Thing, he had practically no backstory. I could see del Toro doing that with one or two of those characters. Hopefully films like The Dark Knight have taught Hollywood that we don't always need a backstory for heroes and villains; good writing means that we don't always need their life story up until now...

If he can't get them all together I'll more than settle for a Spectre or Deadman movie. They have always been two of my favourite characters..

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