It looks that while Marvel likes to have control over every project on the go, DC is perfectly fine with tossing their characters to different production companies.
Case in point: J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot is now developing Justice League Dark movie and TV projects. Everything is in the early stages, but reports state the projects will be set within “DC’s Justice League Dark universe at Warner Bros.” Is that separate from the DC Extended Universe? Which itself is separate from The Batman and Joker? I really need a nice handy infographic detailing the various cinematic universes.
Deadline states 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.” This is part of the exclusive deal Bad Robot signed with Warner Bros. last year.
A Justice League Dark film has been in development since 2012. Guillermo del Toro was originally working on a film that would have included Constantine, Swamp Thing, Madame Xanadu, Deadman and Zatanna. del Toro departed from the project around 2015 and Doug Liman signed on to direct in 2016. He eventually left in 2017.
In the three years since then, an animated Justice League Dark film was released and a sequel is set to come out this year. Constantine is also enjoying a resurgence in popularity over on The CW series Legends of Tomorrow.
I’m interested to see how Bad Robot splits up the various characters for franchise potential. Swamp Thing being cancelled after one season on DC Universe doesn’t exactly instill me with good faith these characters can work on their own. Hopefully Bad Robot has ideas on how to create an interconnected universe.
Would you be interested in a Justice League Dark Universe? Or would you rather this was part of the DC Extended Universe? Let us know in the comments!