Guillermo Del Toro Denies Involvement In 'Justice League,' But Says He'd Love To Do 'Heaven Sent'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
November 3, 2012 12:54 PM
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Update: Gah. Such as it is with rumors, it seems there was a bit of mixup. But Guillermo Del Toro clarifies his position on "Heaven Sent" on his own forums: "Wow- please contact whoever said I denied it. I cannot recall ever answering a question like that. Sadly I dont do tweeter. I denied being involved in JLA but ['Heaven Sent'] I would love to do!!!"

As we said in our report yesterday, this didn't really make much sense. But it was a juicy rumor, and conceivably something Guillermo Del Toro would be interested in doing. But alas, it turned out to be dead wrong.

Originally reported by Latino Review, their story went something like this: Warner Bros. were so happy with "Pacific Rim" they were throwing projects left and right at Del Toro. But the filmmaker decided he wanted to do a comic book team-up movie with the second tier DC Comics characters Deadman, The Spectre, Swamp Thing, Constantine Hellblazer, Phantom Stranger, Zatanna, Zatara, and Sargon in a movie called "Heaven Sent." And if it seemed too good to be true, well it is.

Pietro Filipponi of The Daily Blam tweeted this morning: "Asked Guillermo Del Toro about the rumor he'll be directing a supernatural superhero movie for DC/WB, he said there is no truth to it at all." So there you go.

It seemed a bit odd that WB would already be gearing up a team-up movie of B-characters, when "Justice League" has barely been started, and moreover, when the studio has been incredibly choosy when it comes to tentpoles, particularly those with international or broad appeal (which this seemed to have none). Anyway, nothing to see here, you can move along...

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6 Comments

  • Zavier | November 4, 2012 4:38 PMReply

    the "dark" characters as they are called, tend to have more foreign appeal, that I've seen, it's typically the main characters that international audiences call over americanized and such, yeah they still sell well, but its because there the only comic movies we're getting, just like in America, I'm dying for them to give me a "dark" movie, throw in Madame Xanadu, I love Batman and Wonderwoman, but honestly the Justice League is just going to be "hey I am superhero pleased to meet you" "let's fight darkseid" "YAY we beat darkseid". I've seen/read that a tone of times, adding overly paid actors to the mix is not going to make it anymore interesting. I'd rather see Justice League dark done. Or a Red/Green movie all about Swamp thing and animal man.

  • goldfarb | November 4, 2012 10:31 AMReply

    "Constantine Hellblazer" ??
    his name is John Constantine...

  • Archer Slyce | November 4, 2012 4:07 AMReply

    Is it me or it's still confusing ? So no to JLA for sure ... not working on JLA Dark either ... but yeah he'd love to do a movie with these characters (like his previous Deadman project and the Swamp thing he talked about at Comicon 2011) ? And where does the title "Heaven sent" even comes from (I don't recall it was a DC story title) ?

  • berk | January 8, 2013 5:11 PM

    Bleeding Cool says that "Heaven Sent" is based in part on the Swamp Thing storyline "American Gothic". Swamp Thing meets John Constantine and rounds up DC's supernatural characters listed above to fight a two pronged attack on Earth and in Hell.

  • vszdgv | November 3, 2012 11:45 PMReply

    i hope he does it.

  • Flagg | November 3, 2012 3:29 PMReply

    This article is incorrect – del Toro has stated on his official message board that he is definitely interested in directing Heaven Sent. It seems that Pietro Filipponi confused the project with the Justice League film, in which del Toro has confirmed he has no involvement. Please amend this article before this spreads any farther.

    Source:

    http://www.deltorofilms.com/wp/forum2/viewtopic.php?p=13608#p13608

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