‘Heaven Sent’ Update from Guillermo del Toro; Now Titled ‘Dark Universe’?

Published 2 years ago by , Updated January 8th, 2013 at 4:09 pm,

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While debate rages on about DC/Warner Bros.’ decision to launch a Justice League team-up film right after this year’s cinematic reboot of Superman in Man of Steel, it should not be forgotten there is a different DC super-team movie that’s been hinted at recently – one that could be shepherded by none other than Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro.

The project has been referred to as Heaven Sent, but it bears very strong resemblance to the recently-launched DC “New 52″ comic book, Justice League Dark. Regardless, the story involves supernatural-themed superheroes from the DC Comics universe uniting to fight mystical evil. Now del Toro has dropped an update, letting people know where the project currently stands.

To this point, del Toro’s attachment to this project has been mostly rumor, with the filmmaker himself putting out a statement that downplayed the probability of it happening. However, del Toro is speaking up on the subject again, and Heaven Sent definitely sounds like it’s currently more of a probability than a pipe-dream.

As IGN reports, there is increasing interest on WB’s part in regards to this project – which is allegedly carrying the tentative title Dark Universe  now- and del Toro is reportedly working on an outline for the film. The site goes on to state that del Toro has also picked a screenwriter to script the project  - a writer quoted as being “perfect” for the material.

For those who don’t know, Heaven Sent (or Dark UniverseJustice League Dark, whatever…) will bring together famous mystical/supernatural DCU characters such as Swamp Thing, The Demon, Phantom Stranger, John Constantine, Deadman, The Spectre and father/daughter magicians Zatara and Zatanna. Del Toro has a professed love of Swamp Thing - a character who was previously adapted for the screen in a 1982 Wes Craven film; John Constantine was featured in the 2005 film, Constantine, starring Keanu Reeves. Ironically enough, Deadman was a film that del Toro was once rumored for before it stalled in development.

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For comic book fans and/or movie fans, having Guillermo del Toro heading this project is pretty much the ultimate no-brainer. Plenty of people threw del Toro’s name out there as a possible director of Star Wars Episode VII – and that seems much further outside the filmmaker’s creature-feature wheelhouse than a project like this. There’s a lot riding on the performance of Pacific Rim (del Toro’s first real blockbuster movie endeavor) but given that these Heaven Sent rumors began with whispers of Warner Bros. happiness with Pacific Rim, maybe del Toro has already proven himself ready for a bigger undertaking?

Considering the risks involved with launching a Justice League film before solo character films, Warner Bros. may want the extra punch of having two types of superhero team-up blockbusters – especially when they could conceivably fit both under the “Justice League” brand name. Getting a little geekier: this Dark Universe would also broach subject matter that we suspect Marvel will possibly begin exploring in “Phase Three” of their cinematic universe, via mystically-themed heroes like Doctor Strange. For once, DC/Warner Bros. could pull ahead and make the competition look like they are playing catch-up. Word is, the main hang-up at the moment is WB’s need to vet the possible lineup of characters to make sure all legal rights issues are in order. We’ll see what develops once that process is done.

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Marvel’s Doctor Strange

Speaking of the competition, a project like this would be a distinct departure from the lighthearted tone of Marvel’s The Avengers and more in step with the darker tone of Nolan’s DC Universe vision. Then again, it seems like WB is currently more concerned with imitating Marvel’s successful formula than departing from it. Should they ever opt for a different route, however, Dark Universe will be a great start – while other projects like the stalled team-up films Metal Men and Suicide Squad would be welcome followups.

We’ll keep you updated on Dark Universe / Heaven Sent / Justice League Dark.

Source: IGN

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  1. I loved those old DC Demon comics by Jack Kirby. Trippy, psychedelic, dimension hopping artwork. The stories were lack-luster……. but I loved the look of The Demon and that world.

    Deadman was a cool character too.

  2. This could be very interesting especially in Del Toros hands. I was always a big fan of Deadman, Spectre and Etrigan. But really, I’m not too sure how WB can cater this along with Metal Men and Suicide Squad to the general public. Then again Marvel is doing Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant Man so who knows?

    • Have it as being one of a triumvirate of great R rated comic book movies alongside Blade and Dredd perhaps?

      Never stopped Blade being immensely popular her ein the UK in the late 90s despite its 18 rating (which is our equivalent to R) and it also didn’t stop Dredd becoming the first 18 rated movie to hit number 1 in the UK box office since 2009 so maybe this could go the same route to suit the material as well as stand out from the more child friendly things coming out from DC and Marvel’s superhero stable?

      • Could be, could be. If I remember correctly Watchmen was rated R and it was fantastic. So it could work if done right.

  3. I want this only to happen so that we can finally forget Keanu’s stink as Constantine.
    Ok, and also the premise is just so awesome. Other than Hellboy and to a much, much less extent Thor we don’t really have any Superhero movies that tackle this kind of threat. I’d love for a superhero movie were the heroes fight against the supernatural (Although Hellboy did do this incredibly well) rather than just another freak of science or doomsday machine.

  4. yet one more project del torro is attaching himself to that will probably never see the light of day. where’s that hulk show?

    • You are exactly right, this is just to good to be true. I want to see this movie every bit as much as a Justice League film. If you haven’t checked out Justice League Dark, do yourself a favor and take a look, it’s fantastic.

  5. A lot of these characters I have wanted solo films for, or reboots/sequels of their current runs. This is cool and all but we all know there are only 3 teams that need to be done. X-Men/The Avengers/The Justice League of America.

    Now I know there are more but the cinematic world doesn’t need more.

  6. I hear that they are making a new edgier Rainbow Bright called “Dark Rainbow Bright.” I love del Toro and I love the idea of him doing this movie, but it is hilarious that the studios think that everything has to begin with ‘DARK’ as if it adds credibility.
    In addition to “dark and edgy” other descriptives that I don’t care to hear: “disturbing”, “creepy”, “powerful”, “chilling”, “absorbing” and honorable mention: “thought provoking.” What are you top 5 most irritating movie adjectives?

  7. JLD is a bad book but del Toro could make this a great movie that would enliven DC more than the New 52 has… chances are slim though.

  8. If zatanna is in it count me in….
    Zatarra as Dr. Fate anyone??

  9. Dammit, I love GDT, but is Hellboy 3 really too much to ask for?!

  10. John Constantine, Zatanna, The Spectre, Man-Thing, Deadman all in one movie? I may have a heart attack O__o At least DC is trying

  11. Hey Norrin I thought Man-Thing was A Marvel charter it’s Swamp Thing at DC.

    • I meant to say Swamp-Thing, i can never get those two characters right lol

  12. Meh. Don’t really care about this. I would much prefer DC to work on their Justice League universe. But I suppose if Del Toro is doing it, and it’s fantasy/sci-fi/magic, it can’t be bad. Sounds like a match made in heaven. That might not get me to the theater, but I’m sure others will love it.