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At times, the filmmaker feels like the Hollywood equivalent of The Fast Show's Unlucky Alf - frequently attaching himself to fanboy-friendly properties before seeing them vanish into the wind. We take a look back at the multiple del Toro projects that never made it to the starting line below.
The flip side of the regular, primary colours Justice League heroes, DC Comics' Dark united such disparate characters as Deadman, Zatanna, John Constantine and Swamp Thing. Del Toro penned a script for the film but reportedly dropped out to focus on Crimson Peak and Pacific Rim 2.
Warner Bros has a "dark and gritty" mandate for its comic-to-movie properties, leading many to believe that »
DC Comics fans are already drawing allusions to the above image and the animated Justice League episode Maid of Honor from Bruce Timm. And just like in the episode, Batman and Wonder Woman may be playing as if they're strangers for the benefit of those surrounding them, but they actually know that the other moonlights as a crime fighting superhero. Here's what EW reports: Batman and Wonder Woman have a meeting of alter-egos as Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince parry and flirt at a high-society function. “I love the fact that there was this Thomas Crowne Affair, Bond-y sexy scene that they wrote about two people who are pretending to be two different people who each know the secrets of the other person,” says Ben Affleck. *Photo credit: Clay Enos Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice arrives in theaters on March 25, 2016. The film is expected to have a significant presence »
It's just as well that Deadpool doesn't want the Justice League to receive all of today's glory. While Entertainment Weekly boasts a cover featuring Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman, they also have the first official still from the film that features the Merc with the Mouth packing some serious . . . well, you can see. Filming for Deadpool wrapped last month, but there are still 7... Read More »
- Sean Wist
DC's Suicide Squad seems like less of a gamble than Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, but will it be as successful? While the Suicide Squad title itself may be lesser known than some of its DC comic book counterparts like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and the Justice League, it has one of the most popular villains of all time, in any medium, in The Joker. It is also bringing a fan favorite character to the big screen for the first time with Harley Quinn. This, along with a ragtag group of villainous misfits played by some of Hollywood's top talent. Still, there is that lingering feeling that DC and Warner Bros. don't quite have the proper footing in launching an epic superhero cinematic universe in line with the McU just yet. Will it falter? Will it rise to the occasion? Or will it prove to be so weird, it garners a healthy, »
In a shocking turn of events, Warner Bros. will be bringing Warner Bros. movies to the Warner Bros. Hall H panel at Comic-Con. When the Comic-Con schedule for Saturday, July 11th was posted, Warner Bros. had 10:30am – 12:00pm time slot, but didn’t list what they would be bringing. We knew Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was on tap since Hall H is tailor-made for that kind of presentation, and they brought a first look at the movie during last year’s WB panel. The studio has sent out a press release confirming Batman v Superman as well as Pan and The Man from U.N.C.L.E., both of which will be released later this year. Addtionally, the studio teased that they “will also present some unexpected offerings that are sure to delight the crowd.” Nothing will delight that crowd more than anything and everything Justice League. It’s »
- Matt Goldberg
Warning: the power of Christ may compel you while watching the new featurette from the Neveldine-directed film The Vatican Tapes. Also showcased in this round-up: "The Battle of Endor" episode of the Real Fake History series and a teaser for Fear the Walking Dead.
"The Vatican Tapes follows the ultimate battle between good and evil- God versus Satan. Angela Holmes is an ordinary 27-year-old until she begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close, causing serious injury and death. Holmes is examined and possession is suspected, but when the Vatican is called upon to exorcise the demon, the possession proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than ever imagined. It’s all up to Father »
- Tamika Jones
Swiss Army Man: Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano (Love & Mercy) will star in Swiss Army Man, an independent, absurdist comedy about "a hopeless man stranded in the wilderness who befriends a dead body and together they go on a journey." Mary Elizabeth Winstead will also star; Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert wrote the original screenplay and will direct. Production is expected to get underway in July. [Deadline] Justice League Dark: Guillermo del Toro, who was attached to direct Justice League Dark, has departed the project. The movie is based on the DC Comics superhero team introduced in print in 2011, the team consisting of characters -- like Constantine and Madame Xanadu -- with a supernatural bent. Few details have been made available about the project...
- Peter Martin
Among the many new releases from Diamond Select Toys to be displayed at Comic-Con 2015 and come out in stores this fall are the Aliens Minimates Deluxe Sets. Also in this round-up: a new clip from The Gallows and release details for Dreadtime Stories.
Aliens Minimates Deluxe Power Loader & Alien Queen: Press Release: "Comic-Con is fast approaching, and Diamond Select Toys has revealed a plethora of new items (coming to stores this fall) that will be on display there! With their first-ever product from The Muppets, several new products from Back to the Future, plus new items from Marvel Comics’ Secret Wars, Aliens, Batman, Justice League, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Tarot and Sponge Bob SquarePants, it’s the best of all worlds! Read on for pictures and details, then pre-order through your local comic shop (www.comicshoplocator.com), your favorite online retailer, or diamondselecttoys.com!
Aliens Minimates Deluxe Power Loader & Alien Queen Asst. »
- Tamika Jones
Insiders tell THR that Guillermo del Toro has exited the planned Justice League Dark movie. The site doesn't have any details on why he left, just that he's is no longer attached to direct. Jld is one of the DC Vertigo properties staying at Warner Bros., so the film isn't dead, however del Toro leaving is obviously a huge blow to the project. For those not in the know, Justice League Dark... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
The Vertigo films - including Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Sandman adaptation - have all been moved to New Line.
In recent years, DC reincorporated its Vertigo characters back into its main comics line. The report seems to indicate that Dark Universe will also have links to the main DC universe as portrayed in Man of Steel and the upcoming Batman v Superman: Man of Steel, »
Swiss Army Man: Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano (above in Love & Mercy) will star in Swiss Army Man, an independent, absurdist comedy about "a hopeless man stranded in the wilderness who befriends a dead body and together they go on a journey." Mary Elizabeth Winstead will also star; Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert wrote the original screenplay and will direct. Production is expected to get underway in July. [Deadline] Justice League Dark: Guillermo del Toro,...
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Warner Bros has its hands full with the DC movie universe - so Sandman, and other Vertigo Comics properties, have been moved to New Line.
Alongside the DC cinematic universe that Warner Bros is putting together, the studio is also working on a bunch of comic book films based around Vertigo properties. Vertigo is an imprint of DC Comics, but it showcases the more adult-centric titles. The one big Vertigo project we know for certain that's in the works is the Sandman movie, that Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Neil Gaiman, Jack Thorne and David S Goyer are working on.
Gordon-Levitt's involvement in Sandman was revealed back in 2013, although it's only been confirmed thus far that he's one of the film's producers. He is, however, expected to star in the movie, and may well direct it.
That said, Warner Bros is moving development of Vertigo properties such as Sandman to its New Line Cinema arm. »
Now this is a blow. For a good year or two now, director Guillermo del Toro has been linked with directing Justice League Dark for Warner Bros/DC Comics. He's talked about the project several times in interviews, and whilst del Toro's immediate focus is on releasing Crimson Peak later this year and shooting Pacific Rim 2 in time for summer 2017, Justice League Dark had remained on his docket.
Well, until now.
Set to unite characters such as Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna and Constantine under one movie roof, Justice League Dark has now reportedly lost del Toro. The Hollywood Reporter has broken the news that he is "no longer attached to the project", although that's neither been confirmed, nor has any reason come to light. Perhaps we won't hear more until an alternate director has been found for the movie. »
Ron Perlman and Guillermo del Toro have been keeping the dream of Hellboy 3 alive ever since the second installment hit theaters in 2008. Over the years, they’ve been both optimistic about the prospect of a threequel, and disillusioned because of budgetary concerns. Recently, Perlman suddenly began campaigning for the film once more… and now the dream may have finally become a reality.
I say “may” because Perlman appears to be playing this new update pretty close to the vest. Just two weeks after asking fans to rally together on social media to reignite interest in the project, Perlman posted this little tease on Instagram:
Lurking… Waiting… And then, poof… One more Roman numeral after the name… As if by magic………..
A photo posted by Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) on Jun 27, 2015 at 9:00pm Pdt
This sounds like the actor’s campaign was successful and that some kind of deal has »
- James Garcia
Well, this is disappointing news. According to THR, Justice League Dark is the latest of Guillermo del Toro’s projects to fall by the wayside. Following the announcement that several upcoming Vertigo comics adaptations – like Neil Gaiman’s Sandman - were shifting from Warner Brothers’ plate to New Line’s, del Toro has officially stepped away from his supernatural DC pet project, which is actually something he suggested might happen back in April.
No reason for del Toro’s exit was given, as the report simply states that, while the director is still hard at work on developing a sequel to Pacific Rim and fine-tuning his upcoming horror film Crimson Peak, he is “no longer attached” to Justice League Dark.
This isn’t just disappointing news for fans of del Toro’s work; this could potentially mean that Jld – which has yet to get an official greenlight and remains absent »
- James Garcia
Earlier today came word that Warners was passing on the handling of its proposed film adaptations of DC Vertigo titles to New Line. Whilst Warner Bros. Pictures will still handle all its DC Cinematic Universe titles like "Batman v Superman," "Justice League" and so forth, its New Line division would take the reigns of the more supernatural-toned comic adaptations in the works.
This would include "Sandman" and this team-up film of supernatural heroes such as John Constantine, Zatanna, Brand/Deadman and Jason Blood. del Toro has been linked to the project for some time but suggested earlier this year that despite the script being done, he may not have time to direct.
Now that seems certain. del Toro is currently finishing up his gothic »
- Garth Franklin
Guillermo del Toro is no longer attached to direct Warner Bros.' highly-anticipated Dark Universe, also known as Justice League Dark. The news follows a report from April, where Guillermo del Toro himself hinted that he may not have time to direct the project, even though the script is already completed. It isn't clear who Warner Bros. may be seeking to replace the director at this time.
The director is currently putting the finishing touches on his haunted house thriller Crimson Peak, which hits theaters this October. And he is prepping to shoot the sequel Pacific Rim 2, which already has an August 4, 2017 release date in place. There have also been rumors that Hellboy 3 may be be in the works, but the director hasn't said anything definitive about this long-rumored sequel thus far. It is believed that he will shoot Pacific Rim 2 next, sometime this fall.
Back in December, »
It’s always a sad day when Guillermo del Toro has to let go of one of the many projects he has bubbling away in his mad scientist’s development lab. But according to The Hollywood Reporter, he’s stepping away from Warner Bros.’ plans to make a Dark Universe film. The move was announced as part of a story about Sandman and the various titles under DC’s Vertigo label leaving Warner Bros. Well, we say leaving – they’re actually just moving across the lot to find a new home with New Line, which is one of the studio’s companies. Sort of like giving up your cat for adoption by your sister. Dark Universe, is essentially a cinematic version of DC's Justice League Dark, a recent series teaming DC heroes who are supernatural rather than traditionally super: part of DC's push to de-clutter its decks and fold its »
Despite being announced over over two years ago, progress has been slow on Justice League Dark. Unlike the other officially announced DC films, Warner Bros. hasn’t given the project a release date, and there have been few updates on its progress. Now the film has suffered another major setback with the departure of director Guillermo del Toro. Included in their report that Vertigo projects (like Sandman) will be released under New Line Cinemas, THR revealed that del Toro is no longer attached to the film. No reason was given for why he left, but the article does mention him being the director of Pacific Rim 2, so it’s possible his busy schedule may have had something to do with it. Unlike del Toro’s other recently vacated film, Silent Hills, Justice League Dark hasn’t been outright cancelled. Instead, Warner Bros. will likely look »
The news that Sandman would move from Warner Bros. to New Line, along with other potential movies developed from Vertigo Comics titles, also had a related piece of information. For a couple years Guillermo del Toro has been developing Justice League Dark, a team film that would incorporate characters like John Constantine and Swamp Thing. […]
- Russ Fischer
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