Yesterday Variety reporter Justin Kroll gave a brief update on the long-gestating production of WB/DC’s Justice League Dark:
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK update: Studio Back to work on script after recent presentations by directors underwhelmed execs
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) August 23, 2017
The film, originally developed by Guillermo del Toro in 2012, has been in development hell and has been abandoned by two directors (del Toro and Doug Liman) but is still among the dozen or so projects that WB/DC are intent on making. Since del Toro left the project, it’s been through several rounds of rewrites by John-Henry Butterworth, DC Comic’s writer Peter Tomasi and, most recently Michael Gillio. We can confirm that a most recent draft of the film, presumably the one about which Kroll reported yesterday, was being worked on by Jon Spaihts.
Spaihts is most well-known for his work writing Passengers, Doctor Strange and Prometheus and is also at work on Universal’s Van Helsing reboot after having worked on the screen play for The Mummy. Given the recent news about some of DC’s comic book films taking place in a “spin-off” universe separate from the one in which the members of the Justice League do their thing, it makes sense that this film could exist under that banner as well. The original plan was to have John Constantine assemble a team comprised of Zatanna, Swamp Thing, Deadman and Etrigan the Demon to take on Jason Woodrue, aka the Floronic Man, who after betraying his mentor Swamp Thing, plans to take over the world and end human kind! At one point the film would have had appearances from all sorts of DC characters with ties to the leads such as Papa Midnight, Abby Arcane (the wife of Swamp Thing), Madame Xanadu and Klarion the Witch Boy. It remains to be seen how much of del Toro’s original ideas survive the rewrites, but the original premise was certainly interesting!
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