SDCC 2014: Guillermo del Toro Discusses Dark Universe

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Guillermo del Toro is hitting it big right now with FX show The Strain, but this isn't the only project the fan favorite director-producer is working on!

Of course, there’s Pacific Rim 2 in the works, but did you know that he’s also working on a film about some of the darker parts of the DC Comics Universe called Dark Universe? Del Toro is expanding into the world of DC with this film set to introduce some of the more magical, mystical and occult-like characters to new audiences. The idea is cool – even though we have seen tons of comic book films, there haven’t been too many comic book films featuring some of the more offbeat characters. There are only so many times you can have super daring-do put on display; mixing in daring-do with some strangeness will certainly make the DC film franchise stand out from the pack.

Dark Universe is a smaller film that currently doesn’t have a release date. But the film is really important in DC’s plan to regain the footing it lost against Marvel’s movie and film domination, a plan that appears to owe a great debt to the more mysterious characters in the DC mythology. Some of them we can expect sooner than we think. Warner Bros. is bringing Constantine to television screens this fall on NBC. Also, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is knee-deep in developing a film based on the popular Sandman comics. In fact, Jack Thorne is set to write the script to the film with Sandman creator Neil Gaiman on board as an executive producer. So since DC is looking towards the darker, scarier side of their universe, how will Dark Universe figure into DC’s plan?

“Sandman doesn’t figure in the Dark Universe,” said del Toro. “We have Deadman, we have the Demon, we have Swamp Thing, we have Zatanna, we have Constantine, but DC and Warners have been very clear that they are trying to keep those properties separate so when the time comes they can unite them, once they know they’re quantifiable. Batman, Superman, Green Lantern…everyone eventually will come together. Right now, they’re allowing us independence.”

There also won’t be the threat of continuity worries. Constantine is in Dark Universe, but del Toro has stated that he doesn’t have to worry about meshing his film’s continuity with the television show’s.

“…I had that conversation when the Constantine show was pitched,” said del Toro. “I said, ‘Do I have to have continuity with that?’ and they said, ‘No, feel free to continue the way you’re going.”

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