Guillermo Del Toro Confirms DC Comics' 'Dark Universe' Will Unite Swamp Thing, Deadman and the Spectre

The 'Pacific Rim' director reveals that 'At the Mountains of Madness' may still move forward in the near future with Tom Cruise.
Guillermo del Toro confirms DC Comics movie Dark Universe with Swamp Thing
Guillermo del Toro confirms DC Comics movie Dark Universe with Swamp Thing
There aren't many filmmakers around who are busier than Guillermo del Toro, with his latest producing effort Mama hitting theaters this week, and his directorial project Pacific Rim debuting this summer. Now, we can add one more project to his growing plate with the DC Comics adventure Dark Universe. Here's what he had to say about the project, confirming that an unspecified writer is in talks to work on the script.

"I'm working on it. I'm writing the outline and we're already in talks with a writer. A very, very good writer. People are probably going to be happy with who we have chosen. He accepted. I've been courting this writer, who I think is the perfect guy for this job. We're doing it. Hopefully it will happen. We don't know until they greenlight the movie."


When asked which characters may be included, he spoke of his childhood admiration for characters such as Swamp Thing and John Constantine.

"You're talking about my childhood. Swamp Thing, for me, is a rock star. You know, Demon, Zatara, Zatanna, it's amazing. You go to John Constantine, who I thought was an amazing creation. I want to do the Constantine of the comics, Deadman. It's a lot of work, but a lot of fun."


When asked what other characters may be involved, he confirmed The Spectre will be involved, but wouldn't identify any other heroes. He also talked about how Warner Bros. was on board with this type of ensemble even before the success of Marvel's The Avengers

"The movement for this happened before The Avengers. They were already galvanized to launch Justice League and they were galvanized to make their universe cohesive. What I feel now is with 'Superman', they feel very, very confident with what they have. They are now feeling they have two pillars, Batman and Superman, for the DC Universe. Tonally, they have a darker tone, sort of urban and sophisticated. There's a foundation that now they can build on."


The filmmaker also revealed that he is trying to move ahead with At the Mountains of Madness one more time, with Tom Cruise still attached to star.

"I'm going to try it one more time. Once more into the dark abyss. We're going to do a big presentation of the project again at the start of the year and see if any [studios are] interested. Yeah, Tom is still attached. I think it would be so fantastic to make it with him. He's been such a great ally of the project."

At the Mountains of Madness was released in 2013. The film is directed by Guillermo del Toro.



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  1. ejk1

    @SherlockHolmes2009 I didn't say that. I feel Pearce is too old for the role.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  2. SherlockHolmes2009

    @ejk1 I agree, Guy Pearce as Constantine would be awesome

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  3. ejk1

    @narrator That's cool. I just feel that Hardy already proved he can be Constantine when he was in Inception. His character had that slick, con man feel to it.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  4. the Narrator

    @ejk1 We'll agree to disagree, friend. I concede your point about Pearce's franchise longevity (or lack therof) and the whole Marvel thing, but I still don't agree on Hardy being the ideal Constantine, and not just because I think the guy is everywhere, though I'll admit that has something to do with it. This character doesn't need a big name behind it, just a good actor and the right marketing, and I don't think I want to settle for hitching this to Hardy's rising star. I just feel there's a better and likely less recognizable Hellblazer out there who can have this franchise of his own without being seen in several other projects every year. Then again, there are few British actors capable of taking on the part, and Hardy is among them... he'd be preferred to Pattinson, that's for sure.

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  5. Gandoff

    Kinda rolls my eyes to this story. Truth is, as kool as I and a "few" others think these characters are, and I mean few as a fraction of everyone who watches comic based films, these are not money making characters. I find it sad they want to push and make movies based on obscure comic characters to make money on, which in the end could hurt the characters portrayal on the screen. If you think original Fantastic Four movie that NO one has seen, and the original Captain America film that super cheesy for a 90's action movie, then they may cut corners with characters like these to save on making it to boost more money made in the end. In the end, I feel all would be better shown on a extremely well done animation film such as what Marvel has done. But Swamp Thing, IF done right, would look great on film. Del Toro, if given the budget, would knock this out of the park. But I would rather see Hell Boy 3 then these.

    2 years agoby @gandoffFlag

  6. ejk1

    @the-movieghost I don't think it would be that hard. Hardy was already in one cbm (TDKR), and may relish the chance to be the lead character in another, where he can be seen and heard clearly. Arterton, who has been in Prince Of Persia, Clash Of The Titans, and Quantum Of Solace, as well as starring in the upcoming Hansel & Gretel, seems to be trying to build her career around a franchise before taking on meatier roles (either that, or she's very self-aware of her limitations as an actress), and would probably take this on as well.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  7. moviemouse

    del toro was born to do this!

    2 years agoby @moviemouseFlag

  8. the MovieGhost

    It's not that it's perfect casting @ejk1, because you're damn right it is, it's the uneasy possibility of them taking those roles :\

    2 years agoby @the-movieghostFlag

  9. ejk1

    @bawnian-dexeus CGI. Allows for more maneuverability.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  10. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    CGI or full on costume for Swamp Thing

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  11. ejk1

    @narrator Gotta disagree. Pearce is too old for the role, especially if they romantically link Constantine with Zee. Hardy is ten years younger, which gives Del Toro much more room for sequels and whatnot. Plus, DC would be wise to stay away from using anyone that is in a Marvel film, and Pearce will be in Iron Man 3.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  12. Writer220

    This sounds awesome

    2 years agoby @writer220Flag

  13. justatadmatt

    Writer is probably Goyer or John Nolan since it is in the WB universe...

    2 years agoby @justatadmattFlag

  14. skywise

    Dark Universe sounds awesome. I love Swamp Thing and Deadman. The new 52 Swampy has been awesome!

    It would be a shame if no studios pick up At the Mountains of Madness.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  15. phatalphd

    Stephen King as writer? hmmm
    or maybe Joe King?

    2 years agoby @phatalphdFlag

  16. Zak Lee Ferguson

    Del Toro get back into making more films....every couple of years....come on...enough of this production line dude! :) more Del Toro features!

    2 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  17. Ownsin

    @narrator I agree with you totally! Guy Pearce would be an awesome Constantine! I can never see Tom Hardy as Constantine at all... Quite bad casting for that one. Arterton is an awesome choice for Zatanna though!

    2 years agoby @ownsinFlag

  18. Roberto Mata

    @ejk1 They are perfect for those roles!

    2 years agoby @Roberto-MataFlag

  19. Corey W.

    Not really a del Toro fan. I could careless.

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  20. the Narrator

    Agreed on Arterton, @ejk1. Not so much on Hardy. Lol. Not a bad choice, but not my ideal Constantine. For an older John, I was thinking more Guy Pearce (he's likely never going to be DD, unfortunately).

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  21. Mr.K

    @ejk1 That is a perfect casting indeed. I'm surprisingly jealous of your casting choice right now! Lucky you!

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  22. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @ejk1 Cabron! Excelente

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  23. Dan

    @ejk1 I was picturing Gemma in the N52 getup... ....and wait where was my train of thought again?

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  24. ejk1

    @dan1 Tell me that isn't perfect casting. I dare you.

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  25. Dan

    I can't take it...

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  26. Dan

    @ejk1 You shut your face. Don't give me false hope like that...

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  27. ejk1

    @dan1 It has Constantine and Swamp Thing. That should be enough for people that liked Hellblazer and...Swamp Thing.

    Gemma Arterton for Zatanna. Tom Hardy for Constantine.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  28. Dan

    I'd love to see this happen, but I have my doubts. It doesn't involve a Batman or Superman.

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  29. Fry_3000

    Sounds exciting. Good to see dc with some direction with their films. Hopefully this can get translated when they do the flash and green lantern 2

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  30. ROFLitschristian

    SWAMP THING!

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag