[[wysiwyg_imageupload:4937:]]Director Guillermo Del Toro confirms the news that Warner Bros. is planning a shared DC Comics movie universe, and that it begins with Superman and Batman, something Cosmic Book News first let be known back in the beginning of June with the news that the Man of Steel would spearhead it all with a Justice League 2015 movie and new Batman reboot set for 2016 as well.
Speaking with IGN, Guillermo Del Toro gives an update about his "Justice League Dark" movie that is set to star the supernatural characters of the DC Comics Universe, with a working title of "Dark Universe."
Previously, "Justice League Dark," or "Heaven Sent," was rumored to be green lit by Warner Bros. as it was stated WB was so happy with Del Toro's upcoming epic science-fiction robot monster movie, Pacific Rim, that they gave it the go ahead.
However, chalk it up to internet fandom as different conflicting stories began to come about with Del Toro eventually stating that a "Justice League Dark" movie was talked about and that he would love to do it -- and that was basically it.
Now we get word from Del Toro that he is working on it, is writing the outline for "Justice League Dark," and has a writer.
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. We don't know until they green light the movie.
Del Toro also clues us in on the members of the movie as he calls Swamp Thing a "rock star," and the Demon Etrigan another favorite who is "amazing." Constantine is mentioned with Del Toro noting the comic book version, as well as Deadman, the Spectre, Zatanna and Zatara, but Del Toro doesn't want to reveal more as it would give away plot details.
Guillermo Del Toro then lets it be known that Warner Bros. has been planning a shared movie universe for sometime, even previous to The Avengers movie.
The movement for this happened before. They were already galvanized to launch Justice League and they were galvanized to make their universe cohesive.
Del Toro than states that he feels Warner Bros. is very happy with the new Superman movie, Man of Steel, and that Batman and Superman will be launching the new shared movie universe.
What I feel now is that they are really, really, with Superman, they feel very, very confident with what they have. They are now feeling they have two pillars: Batman and Superman for the DC Universe. And tonally, they have a darker tone, more urban and sophisticated tone. There's a foundation that now they can build on it, a building, you know.
Cosmic Book News was also most recently told about plans for an Aquaman movie, Green Lantern 2 script details and character information about the Justice League movie.
Here's the full video with Guillermo Del Toro discussing the "Dark Universe" movie and DC Comics shared movie universe: