Guillermo del Toro to Direct Supernatural ‘Justice League’ with Swamp Thing & More?

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Now that superhero team-up movies are a billion dollar business (see: The Avengers), you can expect to see a barrage of them at the box office over the next five years. Guardians of the Galaxy is scheduled for 2014, The Avengers 2 and Justice League are already set for 2015, and Fox is in the process of creating a “shared universe” with X-Men and the Fantastic Four reboot. Are there plans for a future team-up between the two teams? Probably.

And on top of all that, now there’s a rumor suggesting that Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim) might be directing a superhero team-up movie called Heaven Sent that would feature DC Comics’ most well known supernatural characters – Swamp Thing, Constantine, Deadman, The Spectre, Phantom Stranger, Zatanna, Etrigan the Demon, and more.

According to Latino ReviewPacific Rim is testing so well for Warner Bros. that the studio wants to get Guillermo del Toro attached to one of their other properties A.S.A.P. And apparently, del Toro wants to do his own version of The Avengers – though perhaps the Justice League, as the original superhero team-up comic book, would be a more apt comparison – and that means getting all the aforementioned supernatural “superheroes” together under the same cinematic umbrella.

The report goes on to say that Warner Bros.’ lawyers are hard at work making sure that they have all the rights to all the characters before they move forward with the film.

(As always, a healthy amount of skepticism when considering this report is probably a good idea, though it’s worth pointing out that Latino Review was right on more than one occasion with regard to the Marvel movies – including its revelation that Thanos was working with Loki in The Avengers.)

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The concept for Heaven Sent sounds an awful lot like the Justice League Dark book that was launched with The New 52 last September – a supernatural superhero team-up starring Constantine, Zatanna, Shade the Changing Man, Deadman, Madame Xanadu, Enchantress, Black Orchid, and a few others. In fact, it sounds so much like that book that I’d be shocked if del Toro’s title – Heaven Sent – weren’t changed to something with more immediate brand recognition. (Is Heaven Sent a romantic comedy about an angel (Katherine Heigl) who goes to New York City and falls in love with a tough-talking cab driver (Danny Devito)? Because that’s what it sounds like.)

The DC reboot saw the return of characters like Constantine and Swamp Thing – in his own book, no less – to the the main DC Universe after years of being exclusive to the critically-acclaimed Vertigo line. Both properties have already been adapted as major motion pictures: Wes Craven made Swamp Thing in 1982 (it was followed by a sequel) and Constantine was adapted in 2005 with Keanu Reeves as the titular character (a strange choice for a grizzled British character with blond hair).

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Guillermo del Toro, of course, is no stranger to directing superhero films, having made Blade 2  in 2002 before moving on to Hellboy and its sequel – all three of which were supernatural team-up films, to some degree. He’s also involved with the development of the Hulk TV show for Marvel and recently spoke about being interested in working with “monstrous” (or supernatural) superheroes:

“The thing is that I’m not a superhero guy. I like monsters, and when the monster is a superhero, it’s a byproduct. Like Hellboy, the Hulk, Man-Thing, Swamp Thing, Sandman, Constantine, Demon, Dr. Strange, Spectre, Deadman. Those are the superheroes I followed as a kid religiously. I loved when the superhero genre crosses with horror. Morbius. Those are the guys I gravitated towards. Blade. So for me, to be interested in doing a superhero movie, it would need to be on the dark side or a Jack Kirby property. Kamandi, Demon, Mr. Miracle – I love any Kirby.

“Over the years, when Avi Arad was in charge of Marvel, I often had the discussions with him. I came very close to doing ‘Thor’ because I really wanted to bring the Norse mythology… It’s something I’m very attracted to. Create the giants and create the more fantastical version of that. But it’s not like I have many meetings with studios discussing superhero movies. They come to me. Normally I pass, respectfully or not. They like it, that we have a very quick response. I was very attracted to doing ‘The Wolverine’ in Japan, because that’s my favorite chapter in the story of Wolverine. But I’m not a superhero guy. It’s very hard for me to… It’s one thing to like something and another to marry it for two, three years.”

Check that out – del Toro explicitly referenced being interested in Swamp Thing, Constantine, Demon, Spectre, and Deadman just three months ago. If that doesn’t lend credence to this Heaven Sent rumor, I don’t know what does.

Hopefully, if Heaven Sent does get made – and if it’s successful at the box office – we’ll see more unconventional and supernatural “superhero” films from both Marvel and DC. Obviously, a Doctor Strange film from Marvel could be excellent, but I’d be particularly interested in seeing Grant Morrison’s Seven Soldiers of Victory adapted to the big – or small – screen. Hell, his version of Frankenstein is good to go as is.

Are you interested in del Toro directing Heaven Sent (if that is indeed what it ends up being called), Screen Ranters? Let us know in the comments.

Guillermo del Toro’s next film, Pacific Rim, hits theaters July 12th, 2013.

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Source: Latino Review

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  1. Cool. I guess.

    • That’s about how I feel too.

  2. Very interesting. Sounds a bit like the League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Definitely a good fit for Del Toro but he attaches his name to so many projects I wouldn’t be surprised if this doesn’t pan out.

  3. Sounds pretty awesome! I love Del Toro’s monstrous sensibilities.

  4. My brother and I collected all the Demon comics. The original Kirby editions. Great stuff. We used to like Deadman too.

  5. Thats a Dream match if it would come true !
    Lets hope for the best :)

  6. To echo the words of Trey: cool. I guess.

    • Haha

  7. Wow a surprising lack of hype in here, this sounds awesome, could be incredibly unique within the superhero genre and come on, its Guillermo Del Toro!

  8. Del Toro is cool. I look forward to seeing how he pulls this monster mash concept off. I can’t wait to see Pacific Rim in the meantime as that should be epic.

  9. Proof that WB has no freaking idea what to do with DC properties.

    • polokem…

      Why do you say that based on this article? This sounds like they DO (provided any or all of it is true and actually works out) have a unique…or, at least, a DIFFERENT approach to comic book team movies. This would be a great film, if done right.

      I’d say your statement is outright false.

  10. I thought Constantine with Keanu Reeves was pretty good. I continue to go back and watch it from time to time. I say bring him back for the role. Super stoked to see Swamp Thing on the big screen as well.

  11. jesus christ!!!that man???you gotta kiddin me!

  12. finally someone will do constantine right.

    • finally someone will make a movie that is EXACTLY like the comic book… Why? Go read your book and be happy. Freakin nerds are out of control. 2 different mediums people. Keanu kicked arse as constantine. great flic – bring him back!!!

      • The movie was good enough, but it would’ve been better with someone else in the role. I don’t think it’s crazy to demand that a British character be adapted as a British character onscreen. Just like an American Harry Potter or a British Captain America would be stupid and pointless.

        • Oooohh…or an African-American James Bond?

          • Idris Elba is British.

          • No, that’s not the same at all. One – making Constantine American – was done solely for $$$, the other – making Idris Elba James Bond – would be done because he’s an excellent actor with a great screen presence.

            • I know, I know…I was just stirring things up a bit.
              Elba’s a wonderful actor – but I’m content with Craig for as long as he cares to make Bond films…sorry to go off topic.

              ON topic: I agree, this has potential but echo the sentiment that Del Toro is all over the place with projects – I’ll look forward to it, IF it happens.

              • For me, Elba,a black man, as Bond is as atrocious as Craig, a blonde man, as Bond, which is no atrocious at all. He is not only a great actor but would impersonate a character whose defining traits aren’t bound by race.

                They are, however, bound by nationality. the problem wasn’t casting Keanu as a British character, it was changing Constantine nationality. Having a blonde Keanu around liverpool could have worked as well, he’s a capable actor.

            • Some might take the standpoint that using Reeves was, “done because he’s an excellent actor with a great screen presence.” He was after all just coming off the Matrix high and was in demand.

              Kind of ruins your whole argument and is more a personal opinion than trying to play if off as a statement of fact.

              And for the record I liked Reeves and thought Constantine was a good show.

              • First, I think few people would go out of their way to say how good Keanu is at acting. But whatever, he has presence, I’ll give you that. Secondly. you just said it, man – Keanu was coming off The Matrix. That’s money. That’s not because he lit up the screen and proved he could play anybody anytime anywhere. That’s dollar signs, no more, no less. Elba has no big roles that would attract a massive audience. He’s only played bit parts in mainstream American movies. So right now, we know that if Elba gets chosen to play James Bond, it’s not because he’s going to be this huge box office draw like WB thought Keanu would be for Constantine.

                I like Reeves, I liked Constantine, it still would’ve been a more satisfying experience with a grizzled Englishman in the role.

  13. Is it possible that in 5 years from now we’ll be getting fed up with superhero movies? Not saying we will but what it we get a few flops along the way, what then?

    • Like with everything (e.g. 3D, reboots etc.) Hollywood will overuse it and abuse it until many people become sick of it.
      So yeah, I think in 5 years people will be like “not ANOTHER superhero movie”.

      • True enough. However I have little faith that Hollywood will all the sudden be a foutain of orginality. We are due for reboots of Iron Man, Cap, Thor, Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, on an on, for a long time to come.

  14. This, for me, is fantastic news…del Toro understands the visual supernatural medium quite well, and the characters of Justice League Dark lend themselves readily and effectively to the world of film-making. The particular team dynamics would allow for both humor and intensity, and the SUPERnatural nature of the team and its battles/intrigues would make for some fascinating plot points/storylines. I’ve been enjoying the New 52 versions of the characters (and their respective comics) and am happy to see some old friends return (Black Orchid being the main one I’m glad to see back or in a new light). Since Frankenstein is included in guest spots, I think the film could potentially include a great many action scenes (a la “Hellboy”) and not just special effects-driven magical combat.

    Plus, IF this does happen and is successful, I can begin to feel SOME hope for the real possibility of a Sandman film/t.v. series (and/or Death/The Endless)…

    • It occurs to me that this film would allow DC to bring in other characters as well: Dr. Fate, The Endless, Witchboy (can’t remember his name), Dead Boy Detectives, Detective Chimp (talk about humorous possibilities!), Ragman, JSA’s Sandman, etc.

      I’m salivating at the potential “hot damnity!” (not a word, I know, but accurate ;) ) for this film.

  15. sounds cool but i want my much overdue hellboy 3!!!!!

    • +1

  16. If they throw animal in there i will be pleased as punch, this sounds like an awesome concept and del toro will be perfect for this kind of superhero movie

    ive been really enjoying the new 52 versions of these characters, and i know it wont happen but if they did an adaptation of the rotworld plotline that is going on in the books now, i would be ecstatic. Almost all those characters factor in to the story (plus animal man of course) and it has some wonderfully twisted character designs, and i think del toro would be able to translate those magnificently. just a pipe dream, but i do really hope they atleast add animal man to that roster though.

    • *if they throw animal man in there – is what i meant

      • Nah, Animal Man should have his own movie.

  17. the fact that this may very well be made, with Guillermo del Toro directing, simply makes my mouth water… HELLBOY 3 AND THE JUSTICE LEAGUE CAN BURN! I WANT THIS MOVIE MADE!!!

  18. Wow..this looks awsome..I have always been a fan of DC’s supernatural line up and feel that these are some underused characters…..Let’s bring it on and cameo some House of Mystery in there…

  19. Bad title for a movie about dark magicians.
    “Heaven Cent: Because Providence has a long-term plan… for your finances.”

  20. I would be more interested in him doing a Dr Strange movie…he could do a take on The Defenders, which would of course feature Huk…

  21. Well considering John Constantine in the Hellblazer comics is a blonde from Liverpool who looks like the musician Sting and the Constantine movie (although good in my opinion) didn’t do that well when it was released, maybe it’s about time to make the character more like the original version (a man who performed magic while in a punk band, accidentally summoned a demon that killed a child, went to Hell etc etc).

    That way, comic book fans are satisfied and the general public gets a fresh version of him on screen.

    Zatanna…..well, she appeared on Smallville played by Serinda Swan and has history with other DC heroes/villains so the potential for crossovers with the Justice League movie characters is there.

    An updated version of Swamp Thing could also be pretty sweet.

  22. Flip! Del Toro could have made an awesome supernatural team up movie years ago……It’s called “Hellboy 3″!!!!

    Del toro is great but he seems to have is thumb in every pie going and then pulls out and we end up with nothing. Lately he’s been a bit of a gothic c*cktease, and as much as I love the guy, I get soooo irritated by all the… “Del Toro working on epic gothic movie (insert title here), oh wait, no he isn’t!” crap.

  23. Seems to be a match made in heaven. I think Del Toro would have a really hard time turning down this proposal. Just think of the gallons of slime he could pour down to actors.

  24. Del Toro my man, Hellboy FIRST pretty please. Perlman isn’t getting any younger!

    For me I like the idea but feel it’s a very strange choice considering how lukewarm Watchmen was received and the need to stay focused on the JL movie. Get that at least in the works before thinking about venturing out into weird territory.

    • @ Vic / SR…..would you please explain why I keep getting this message every time I have posted today? (and the posts do go through)

      “Your requests failed too many times, so you’re being throttled. Please contact help@superfeedr.com for more info.”

      • @mongoose – That’s weird. I’ll forward the info to Vic and see what the problem could be.

        Thanks for the heads up.

        Paul Young – Moderator

      • mongoose,

        Weird. That application should have nothing at all to do with the commenting system.

        Is this the first time you’ve seen it?

        Do you continue to see it?

        Thanks,

        Vic

  25. Im about 99.9% sure that if this movie pans out it will be much better than the Justice League movie.

  26. Anything by Guillermo Del Toro will be watched by me.he is so original and innovative.genius director and story teller.

  27. I don’t like the idea of a team of DC’s supernatural characters. Constantine should really be in his own film series. But it is Del Toro, so it will probably be awesome even if I don’t like the premise. I’d rather see Del Toro do an Etrigan or Swamp Thing or Doom Patrol solo movie. I’d LOVE to see him do a Defenders movie.

  28. Please God YES! Let us see a movie where Constantine is portrayed on the big screen successfully! He is my all-time favorite comic character and I’d be so interested in seeing Guillermo del Toro’s take on him and the Justice League Dark! Enough with Avengers, Superman and Spiderman, the world needs more Anti-hero’s :D A Tie-in with the Books of Magic would be incredible as well.

  29. Just to have Constantine coming back in something would be a HELLA YEAH! *side note* Doc Strange would be a blast (and he was friends with Spidey back in the old days)