We've been hearing about this supernatural DC Comics film that Guillermo del Toro wants to make over the last few months. It's gone by names such as Heaven Sent and Justice League Dark. It's now being developed under the title Dark Universe, which has been rumored to include DC Comics characters such as Deadman, The Spectre, Swamp Thing, Constantine a.k.a. Hellblazer, Phantom Stranger, Zatanna, Zatara, and Sargon, as well as Etrigan the Demon.
We know Del Toro is excited about the film project, and he recently revealed in an interview with IGN that he's hired a writer to take it on, but won't reveal who that writer is.
I'm working on it. I'm writing the outline and we're already in talks with a writer. A very, very good writer. People are probably going to be happy with who we have chosen. He accepted. I've been courting this writer, who I think is the perfect guy for this job. We're doing it. Hopefully it will happen.
Del Toro goes on the hint at the lineup of characters we might see in the project including Swamp Thing, The Demon, John Constantine, Deadman, The Spectre, and the father/daughter pair of Zatara and Zatanna.
Swamp Thing, for me is a rock star. The Demon, Etrigan, is amazing. And then you go to Constantine, who I thought is an amazing creation — and I want to do the Constantine of the comics. Deadman is really a lot of work, but a lot of fun. [The Spectre is in,] yes…
When asked to elaborate he said, "I can’t say, because then you’ll know the plot a little bit." It's awesome that he's movie forward with the movie! It's not officially greenlit yet, but he's taking the steps he needs to take to get to that point. I'm really excited about the possibilities of this film, more than I am for Justice League. This is a passion project for Del Toro, and he's going to give the fans what they want to see.
I'm just curious to know who he brought in to write it. He talked up the writer a lot, so it must be someone whose work we're familiar with. Seeing that the movie is set up at Warner Bros. and this is a DC property I wonder if the writer is David Goyer who worked on The Dark Knight films and Man of Steel. We'll eventually find out for sure, but that's my guess. You can watch the interview below, hopefully this movie ends up happening!