Last week, we reported that Guillermo del Toro was pushing to make his own unique take on the superhero team-up film, one specifically tailored to his aesthetic of horror-fantasy-sci-fi, which would feature such DC Comics oddities as Swamp Thing, Deadman, Phantom Stranger, and John Constantine. It would be a kind of ‘Justice League of Monsters’ film, if you like; but at the time it was only a rumor—now del Toro has stepped forward and confirmed he is in discussions to make the film, now called Heaven Sent.
Del Toro finally let loose in an interview with MTV Geek (via /Film) in which he notes he isn’t interested in directing a film like Justice League, but he would interested in making a dark counterpart full of DC monstrosities:
When somebody asked me about “Justice League”… I’m not involved in “Justice League.” I am discussing… I’ve been discussing with the fans and I’ve been very, very open about how much “Swamp Thing” was key when I was a kid. Comics in Mexico came on the first two days of the week. Around Tuesday and Wednesday I would go to the newsstand on my bicycle and I would get “Swamp Thing” every time it was available and I loved Jack Kirby’s “Demon”. I love Constantine and all that.
As /Film notes, the premise of Heaven Sent—a group of dark, monstrous misfits of the DC Comic world team up—is very similar to the Justice League Dark comic series, so much so that a name change may be in order to tie in with the Justice League film.
But don’t get too excited just yet—del Toro points out that he’s been in discussions to make this film “for many, many years.” Thus, this could be a long time coming.
What do you think of the Heaven Sent news?