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Del Toro: ‘Dark Universe’ Will Be Separate From Other DC Films, at Least Initially

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Del Toro: ‘Dark Universe’ Will Be Separate From Other DC Films, at Least Initially

With Constantine premiering this fall on NBC, a Sandman movie in development by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and David S. Goyer, a Zack Snyder-directed Justice League on the horizon, and a rumored Warner Bros. development slate that includes Shazam and Wonder Woman, some may be wondering where Guillermo del Toro’s planned Dark Universe fits into the picture.

Discussed since at least 2012, under a couple of different titles, the film would focus on DC Comics’ supernatural characters, including John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman and Zatanna.

“I’m still working on it,” del Toro told ComingSoon. “Sandman doesn’t figure in the Dark Universe. We have Deadman, we have the Demon, we have Swamp Thing, we have Zatanna, we have Constantine, but DC and Warners have been very clear that they are trying to keep those properties separate so when the time comes they can unite them, once they know they’re quantifiable. Batman, Superman, Green Lantern … everyone eventually will come together. Right now, they’re allowing us independence.”

He explained that Dark Universe won’t be connected to Constantine, which premieres Oct. 24.

“No, I had that conversation when the Constantine show was pitched. I said, ‘Do I have to have continuity with that?’ and they said, ‘No, feel free to continue the way you’re going.”

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