Guillermo del Toro’s DC Comics Magic Project Is Headed to Animation

Guillermo del Toro is one of the biggest creators in Hollywood. He's normally juggling five different projects at one time and occasionally, something falls. Thankfully, someone is picking up the highly-anticipated Justice League Dark story for an animated film.

The project, also referred to as Dark Universe, has been in development for some time and many thought del Toro was the perfect fit for a film based around DC Comics' magical characters. Talk started in 2012 that he'd utilize characters like Zatanna, Swamp Thing, Constantine, Etrigan, Deadman, and the Enchantress (who will make her film debut in Suicide Squad).

Back in 2013, when he was beginning work on Crimson Peak, del Toro said he'd finished the script bible for Justice League Dark and expected Constantine to lead the cast of characters from the DC Comics property. (Constantine of course already had his own movie starring Keanu Reeves back in 2005 and went on to lead an unsuccessful television series on NBC. The actor, Matt Ryan, then guest-starred on The CW's Arrow.) Later that year the director updated the project by saying they'd need to fit into the movie universe Warner Bros. was developing. The last update in 2015 said del Toro was no longer attached to the project.

So what now? The Hollywood Reporter says “DC Entertainment's supernatural superhero team will get their own movie nonetheless – as a direct-to-DVD animated release.”

Warner is consistently releasing DC animated films, not all of which are suitable for children, but the British Board of Film Classification revealed the existence of the Justice League Dark animated project in a subtle way. Apparently there's set to be a preview of the film on the Batman: The Killing Joke home release. Previews of their next film has also become the norm for Warner animated films in the last several years.

No other details have surfaced at this time but I'm hoping del Toro will be involved in some way. I'm sure his vision for the world was spectacular and budgetary constraints wouldn't be as big a concern in animation.