Guillermo del Toro confirms DC's Dark Universe movie

News Ryan Lambie
8 Jan 2013 - 08:08

Swamp Thing, The Demon and Deadman are three of the characters who'll appear in DC's confirmed Dark Universe movie...

Warner Bros and DC are already working their Justice League movie, of course, but according to director Guillermo del Toro, they're also planning to create a team-up film based on a selection of more unusual characters in their stable.

The project is currently being planned under the name Dark Universe, and will, del Toro says, feature such much loved characters as Swamp Thing ("For me, he's a rock star", the filmmaker enthused), The Demon, John Constantine, Deadman, The Spectre, Zatanna and Zatara.

Dark Universe is still in its early stages, with del Toro working on the outline and an as-yet unannounced writer working on the script.

"Yeah, yeah, we're doing it," del Toro said in an interview with IGN. "I'm working on the outline and we're in talks with a writer - a very, very good writer. He accepted."

When asked whether the success of The Avengers had prompted Warner Bros' interest in producing movies featuring gangs of superheroes, del Toro suggested that it was their confidence in Man Of Steel that hastened the movement on Justice League and Dark Universe.

"The movement for this happened before [Avengers] even," he said. "They were already galvanised to launch Justice League and make their universe cohesive. What I feel now is they're really, with Superman, very confident. They have two pillars - Batman and Superman - they have a darker tone. An urban and sophisticated tone."

If you're wondering why del Toro's in the news so much lately - his turning down Star Wars Episode VII, his renewed attempts to make At The Mountains Of Madness, or the new trailer for his Pacific Rim - it's because he's promoting Mama, the Spanish supernatural movie he executive produced with director  Andres Muschietti. That movie arrives in UK cinemas on the 22nd February. And with del Toro's Pacific Rim out this summer, expect lots more from this famously garrulous filmmaker to appear in the news soon.

We'll bring you lots more on Dark Universe as we hear it.


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