It’s fair to say that most Horror movie fans are also fans of comics, graphic novels and basically any art form that skews a bit… dark. Over the years there have been successful Horror films and television series whose source material were comics: The Walking Dead, From Hell, Constantine, Preacher, 30 Days of Night, Blade and Hellboy to name a handful. Now, with the overwhelming success of comics-turned-films featuring teams like The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy and the upcoming Justice League, it looks like things will be getting spooky.
Since 2016, Warner Bros’ Justice League Dark film has been in development with acclaimed action-thriller Director, Doug Liman in charge. Guillermo del Toro was originally tapped to direct, but schedules didn’t jive. Film fans know Liman from Edge of Tomorrow, Bourne Identity, Jumper and his freshman classic, Swingers. Having never worked in the Horror genre, Modern Horrors is happy to hear Liman is learning from the classics. In a recent interview promoting his 2017 war film, The Wall, Liman said Justice League Dark will have “intense Horror elements” and will incorporate his love of originals like, The Omen, Carrie and The Exorcist.
Since its 2011 inception, the Justice League Dark comic has featured a unique group of heroes who tackle matters deemed too strange for normal champions. Led by Occult Detective, John Constantine, JLD members have included Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Shade, the Changing Man, Zatanna and Swamp Thing. Liman hinted that fan favorite John Constantine, already portrayed by Keanu Reeves in 2005’s Constantine, will see a new and “amazing set-up for him for Justice League Dark that’s really human“.
I don’t know about you, but when Superheroes meet the Supernatural, I tend to RSVP. A release date for Justice League Dark is forthcoming.