J.J. Abrams’s Bad Robot Productions is exclusively developing both film and TV ideas based on DC’s Justice League Dark Universe at Warner Bros (via Deadline).
This team features magical and supernatural DC superheroes. First appearing in the September 2011 issue of Justice League Dark #1, the team includes John Constantine, Zatanna, Deadman, Swamp Thing, Black Orchid, Madame Xanadu, Doctor Mist, Hellblazer and many more.
There aren’t any specific projects or characters that are specifically developed yet and with talks still in it’s earlier stages, it is unclear if Abrams will be directly involved himself. However, Bad Robot’s Head of Motion Pictures Hannah Minghella and Head of Television Ben Stephenson are reportedly taking meetings to decide which characters will anchor their own projects.
These updates make us question if the original Justice League Dark movie will ever see the light of day. First announced in late 2012, Director Guillermo del Toro was meant to work on the film. del Toro handed in a script to Warner Bros. in 2014 but left the project in 2015. His successor Doug Liman then exited in May 2017. Could J.J. be the movie’s saving grace? Who knows.
Abrams’s recent work Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, grossed US$1.030 billion as of 20 January 2020, making it quite a financial success. This makes his decision to move into DCU – given Warner Bro’s not so successful past dives into Justice League Dark characters – a rather interesting choice. But hey, they don’t call Abrams the king of reboots for nothing.