Let’s be honest, Warner Bros. hasn’t been having much luck trying to launch their whole DC Cinematic Universe. It’s been luckier with their CW version of their gallery of heroes, but not so much in the film area. However, with Warner Media’s new streaming service coming up, it looks like they may take a move out of Marvel’s Disney+ playbook. First one up, Justice League Dark.
According to Deadline, through a new deal with the company, Bad Robot is developing both film and TV ideas for the dark DC property. The piece points out that everything is early in development, but that Bad Robot’s Head of Motion Pictures Hannah Minghella and Head of Television Ben Stephenson will soon be taking meetings with talent reps and their writing clients on which characters will get their own projects.
Obviously, there is no word as to whether J.J. Abrams will have a hand in any of the new projects, but if there is something that he likes – you could probably see that happening. However, you can see him with a lot more behind-the-scenes decisions.
For those of you not in the know, Justice League Dark was launched as part of the 2011 New 52 relaunch of the DC universe. The team was formed in their first issue, written by Peter Milligan and artist Mikel Janin, at the urging of the original Justice League. The only weakness the likes of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman have is against magic.
The team’s constantly-revolving line-up includes names like the mystical chain-smoker John Constantine, flora-creature Swamp Thing, fortune-teller Madame Xanadu, the actual ghost name Deadman, a vampire named Andrew Bennett, the magician Zatanna, and Frankenstein’s monster.
As with anything from Warner Bros., I am not holding my breath. A long-teased, live-action version of Justice League Dark was written by Guillermo del Toro, but was later abandoned. As a fan of that series, I am waiting until I see a trailer before I believe this is actually happenng.