Justice League Dark (film)

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Justice League Dark
Produced byScott Rudin
Guillermo del Toro
Screenplay byMichael Gilio
Gerard Johnstone
Based onJustice League Dark
by Peter Milligan
DC Films
Bad Robot Productions
Distributed byWarner Bros
CountryUnited States

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Justice League Dark is an upcoming American superhero film, based on the superhero team of the same name set in the DC Extended Universe.[1] It is written by Michael Gillo and Gerard Johnstone and produced by Scott Rudin and Guillermo del Toro.

Plans for a Justice League Dark film were announced in January 2013 with del Toro as producer. Doug Liman was originally set to direct but left due to scheduling conflicts. Del Toro wrote the first script but was rewritten by Michael Gilio. Principle photography was supposed to begin in 2016 but as of 2020, nothing has been filmed.


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The film was announced in January 2013 with Guillermo del Toro attached a producer under the working title Dark Universe. The main characters included John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Zatanna Zatara, Zatara, Deadman, Spectre, Madame Xanadu, and Floronic Man.[2] Del Toro expressed interest with the film existing in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) or co-exist with the then announced Constantine television series.[3] In 2015, Del Toro said that his script was completed[4] but no longer attached to the project.[5]


In October 2015, del Toro was replaced by Scott Rudin as producer.[6] In July 2016, director Joseph Kahn revealed test footage for Swamp Thing.[7] In August, Michael Gilio was hired as writer and Doug Liman as director[8] but Liman left the following year in March due to scheduling conflicts.[9] In May 2017, Damián Szifron was eyed to direct the film.[10] In August, Gerard Johnstone was hired to polish off the script of the film.[11] In September during the San Diego Comic-Con, the film's title was revealed as Justice League Dark and will officially be set in the DCEU.[12]

In January 2020, it was reported that Bad Robot Productions and Warner Media were developing a film [and tv series] based around Justice League Dark but uncertain if it would continue with the ongoing production of this version of the film.[13]


Matt Ryan had expressed interest in reprising his role as Constantine from previous media.


Principle photography was scheduled to begin sometime in 2016.[6]


  1. Truitt, Brian (July 22, 2017). "Comic-Con: Ben Affleck confirms he's staying on as Batman in DC films". USAToday. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  2. Collura, Scott (January 8, 2013). "Guillermo del Toro Talks Dark Universe, His DC Comics Supernatural Heroes Movie". IGN. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  3. Collura, Scott (October 16, 2013). "Guillermo del Toro Says Justice League Dark and the John Constantine TV Show Can Coexist". IGN. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  4. Couto, Anthony (April 2, 2015). "Guillermo del Toro Offers Update on Justice League Dark". IGN. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  5. Jagernauth, Kevin (June 29, 2015). "Guillermo Del Toro Exits 'Justice League Dark'". Indiewire. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Alexander, Julia (October 8, 2015). "Justice League Dark movie to be produced by Scott Rudin for Warner Bros". Polygon. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  7. Goldberg, Matt (July 27, 2016). "Watch 'Detention' Director Joseph Kahn's 'Swamp Thing' Test for 'Justice League Dark'". Collider. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  8. Kroll, Justin (August 24, 2016). "Doug Liman to Direct 'Dark Universe' for DC, Warner Bros. (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  9. "Doug Liman Exits 'Justice League Dark' Movie". Deadline. May 23, 2017. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  10. Hood, Cooper (May 26, 2017). "Justice League Dark: Damián Szifron Reportedly Being Eyed to Direct". Screenrant. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  11. Fleming Jr, Mike (August 29, 2017). "Warner Bros Gets Gerard Johnstone To Polish 'Justice League Dark' Script As Helmer Search Continues". Deadline. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  12. M. Colbert, Stephen (July 26, 2017). "Every DC Movie Comic-Con Reveal 2017". Screenrant. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  13. D'Alessandro, Anthony (January 21, 2020). "Justice League Dark: Bad Robot Developing Film & TV Projects Based On Warner Bros. DC Comics". Deadline. Retrieved September 5, 2020.

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