There have been rumors for months now since Bad Robot landed at WarnerMedia that the genre-based production company from J.J. Abrams would end up developing projects based on DC Comics characters for the film and television divisions.
Deadline seems to have caught wind of what those first projects might be. They’re now reporting that Bad Robot in the early development stages of turning Justice League Dark into films and television shows.
I hear that Bad Robot, through its new deal at Warner Media, is exclusively developing both film and TV ideas based on DC’s Justice League Dark universe at Warner Bros.
This deal is all very nascent and at this point in time there aren’t any specific projects or characters that are being specifically developed out of the franchise. I understand that Bad Robot’s Head of Motion Pictures Hannah Minghella and Head of Television Ben Stephenson will soon be taking meetings with talent reps and their writing clients on which characters will get their own projects.
Again, this is all so early, so it’s not specific yet if Bad Robot boss J.J. Abrams will be directing any of these projects.
This seems to be very early and doesn’t sound like they’ve figured out what they actually want to do.
Justice League Dark (working title Dark Universe) was originally going to be a horror-based team feature film written and directed by Guillermo del Toro before he exited to make other projects like The Shape of Water, earning him a Best Director Oscar.
The lineup may have included characters such as Deadman, The Spectre, Swamp Thing, John Constantine, Phantom Stranger, Zatanna, Zatara, Sargon the Sorcerer, Madame Xanadu, and Etrigan the Demon.
The project has been stuck limbo and could be resurrected with the help of Bad Robot along with spinoffs and television. It’ll be interesting to see they might be able to coax Guillermo to return or will focus on their separate versions of the team/characters.
Bad Robot being involved with franchises such as Mission: Impossible, Star Trek, and Star Wars. This could help the the studio focus on more obscure DC characters and allow them to tackle more mature offerings just like Joker/Birds of Prey.
Also, with Watchmen potentially not getting a second season a replacement series focused on characters from Justice League Dark could fill that void on HBO.