Darkening The Silver Screen

Justice League Dark (2011-) #15-000

So, now we have confirmation that Guillermo del Toro is working on a Justice League Dark project called Dark Universe, (oooo yeah, that will be fun if Warner Bros don’t change their mind), and the movie shows have already started discussing the potential casting of the Guardians Of The Galaxy.

Now, I think I can safely say that we are all eager to see del Toro’s interpretation of the plant elemental Swamp Thing, and a far more interesting interpretation of John Constantine than given to us by Keanu Reaves. What the Constantine film lacked, we know that epics such as Pan’s Labyrinth contained in spades; horror, depth, that special sense of something other and unique.

How many other properties lay out there, begging to be given life? The X-Men franchise seems to have ground to a halt, but there is a vast plethora of mutants out there. Maybe an X-Men: New Mutants film? Give Cannonball, Moonstar and Magik their time in the spotlight.

Now there’s a character who I would love to deliver into the hands of del Toro! Could you just imagine Guillermo’s rendition of Illyana Rasputin in all of her demonic and twisted glory?

Although this goes towards guaranteeing the survival of some of the select characters that take the jump to the silver screen, and when done well, a treat for all geeks everywhere; even expanding our ranks. The geek shall indeed inherit the Earth.

Yet how much of this sometimes surprising box office take actually translates into comics sales? Unless there is a steady stream of such movies, a stream that Hollywood no longer seems willing to provide if one compares it to the era of the Fifties and Sixties, any increase in sales seems to be a blip that disappears in time. If Hollywood was committed, wouldn’t we see a Green Lantern II by now? Or such a gap between Batman movies?

For us fans, there’s an element of ‘making hay while the sun shines’, sitting back and enjoying the offerings laid before us. But I wonder if the characters’ true futures lie in series such as Smallville and Arrow. If the studios could forge these into a cohesive universe, then we could all be happy. This can all be served by accurate licensing agreements, where the acceptance of a shared universe is part of the terms and conditions. TV series can come and go, but the universe would survive.

And just think of the merchandising. And the comics sales.

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