DC has revealed their slate of movies set to release throughout the next five years as their own version of Marvel’s cinematic universe (though they’re dubbing it the “DC Extended Universe.” Nice), and among those films, the title Justice League Dark (AKA “Dark Universe”) was thrown into the mix. Sadly, director and screenwriter Guillermo del Toro, who was set to helm the project, has left it behind. He did leave them a script of the film though, and that was sufficient enough for DC/ Warner Bros. to want to move forward with the project. Ever since that news was released, there hasn’t been any other real word on the project. Until now, at least. Recently it has been rumored that some casting roles for the film have been revealed, and they’re some goodies.
It’s a given that we’re going to see Constantine in this film, and so far we’ve heard of two actors being looked at for the role: Colin Farrell (Total Recall, Daredevil) and Ewan McGregor (Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, The Impossible). Most fans were hopeful to see Matt Ryan’s version of the character being used once more, but on the big screen this time. It seems more likely that the NBC Constantine show would be brought back for another season before that happened though.
Another big one though, is that Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Sons of Anarchy) is up for Swamp Thing, which kind of pans out since Perlman is a close collaborator of Guillermo del Toro, and he wanted him for the role before leaving the project.
Latino Report has also stated that Warner Bros. is searching for an actor with a somewhat comedic presence to helm Deadman, and they’re looking for a Black/Hispanic actor to play Zatanna, which is an interesting and diverse take on the actor. Other rumors lead towards Monica Bellucci (Spectre, The Matrix Reloaded) being the top choice eyed to play somewhat-immortal magic user Madame Xanadu.
While the film is still lacking a director, we’re sure they’re eyeing possible candidates to lead this celluloid, since Warner Bros. must want production to be underway as soon as possible so this film can keep up with everything else in their “Extended universe.”
Remember that these are all rumors, but we should expect to see the truth on it all soon, seeing as how a property like this should be expected to get exceptional and swift treatment.
Justice League Dark does not have an official release date set yet, but it’s rumored to begin production in 2016.