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Guillermo Del Toro: ‘Justice League Dark’ part of DC rollout

- November 13th, 2013
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A cover from Justice League Dark #9 and director Guillermo Del Toro are seen in this combination file photo. REUTERS FILE

During his promotional rounds for Pacific Rim, director Guillermo Del Toro teased one of his upcoming projects – an adaptation of DC’s Justice League Dark.

One of the publisher’s most popular titles, the book focuses on supernatural characters like John Constantine, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Shade the Changing Man, Zatanna, Mindwarp, Enchantress, and Swamp Thing.

In April, Del Toro told FirstShowing.net that Constantine (played by Keanu Reeves in a 2005 adaptation) will be the lead character.

Now that DC has revealed that Man of Steel 2 will hint at a larger DC Universe, Del Toro is shedding new light on Justice League Dark. Here’s what he told Cinefilos [via Latino Review].

“We’re still on it, and writing. And hopefully it will happen. But there’s no developments that are new. It’s still at Warner Bros. They are making plans for the entire DC Universe. All the superheroes, all the mythologies, and part of that is Justice League Dark. They’re planning on TV, movies, all the media, so we have to fit within that plan.”

This is another confirmation that DC is officially following the cinematic plan Marvel kickstarted in 2008 with Iron Man. There will be lots more movies – starting with 2015′s Batman vs. Superman – and television shows.

So far – no newsflash here – DC has been losing the movie war, but the publisher has a deep reservoir of characters that it can mine for potential features and TV series.

What do you think? Which DC characters do you hope to see on the silver screen? Let us know in the comments.

Guillermo del Toro: Hellboy 3 ‘very unlikely’

- July 8th, 2013

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With Pacific Rim right around the corner, talk has inevitably turned to director Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy franchise and whether there will be a third instalment.

During a promotional interview earlier this month, del Toro told Shock Till You Drop that Hellboy star Ron Perlman was itching to come back.

“”Last night, we were at dinner and Ron said, ‘I would be very happy to do Hellboy again. When are we doing Hellboy 3?’”

An exec from Legendary Pictures (the people behind Pacific Rim) echoed that sentiment (One itsy problem, though; the rights are tied up elsewhere).

Still, it seemed like there had been progress, especially since del Toro has been hinting for some time that a third movie is in the works. While at a Comic-Con panel in San Diego last summer, the director told EW, “We’re going to make an effort to do it. I hope it happens.”

But no matter how much people might want it, del Toro is now saying the chances of a third instalment getting made is slim.

In an interview with Collider, the director says: “It’s very unlikely it’ll happen because you need things to converge so strongly. [Producer] Larry Gordon, Universal, the rights, Ron [Perlman’s] and mine’s availability, [comic creator] Mike [Mignola’s] blessing; we have pieces of that, but we don’t have all of that. You need so many things to confluence and then you need about $150 million.”

Collider asked del Toro about the possibility of doing Hellboy 3 as a comic (Buffy fans know that Joss Whedon has made ‘Season Eight’ and ‘Nine’ of the Vampire Slayer in comic book form). But creator Mike Mignola isn’t too crazy about that idea.

““I talked to Mike about making it a comic,” del Toro tells Collider. “Mike said very clearly, ‘Hellboy the movies is yours, Hellboy the comics is mine; I don’t wanna confuse them.’”

You can watch more from Collider’s interview with del Toro below.

Del Toro’s Robots vs. Monsters epic Pacific Rim opens July 12. Check out the latest trailer below.

Apocalypse cancelled in new ‘Pacific Rim’ trailer

- April 29th, 2013

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“Go big or go extinct!”

You have to admit, it’s a pretty catchy tagline.

Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming monsters vs. machines epic, Pacific Rim, won’t be out for another couple of months, but the fine folks at Warner Bros. have released a two-plus minute trailer for the film that debuted at WonderCon last month.

“This was originally intended for only WonderCon,” Del Toro writes in a note accompanying the video, “but after listening to so many of you asking for more of the movie online, I think it’s time for me to show you more footage. Enjoy, my friends!”

And from the looks of it, if you are in any way interested in sci-fi and action this is pretty much in your wheelhouse.

We get a few more tidbits of info from the new trailer – alien life rose from the Pacific and started an attack on cities. San Francisco was its first target. After that, the Jaeger program was born – two pilots, mind-melding through memories with the body of a machine. Or, as nerd scientist Dr. Newton Geiszler (Charlie Day) puts it: “2,500 tonnes of awesome.”

The special effects look stellar, so methinks you’ll want to see this one on the big screen. Besides, I challenge you to name one other movie this year where you’ll see a giant robot swinging an ocean tanker like Jose Bautista swings his bat.

That scene alone looks like it’s worth the price of admission.

Pacific Rim hits theatres on July 12.

And if on the off chance monsters and robots ain’t your thing, you can also check out the final trailer for Fast & Furious 6, which hits theatres May 24.

Planes, tanks and automobiles will go kaboom in no particular order. Oh, and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) is back. But you already knew that.

To borrow a line from The A-Team, this trailer “specializes in the ridiculous.” But it sure looks like a whole lot of fun.

Let us know what you think of Pacific Rim and Fast & Furious 6 in the comments.

Guillermo Del Toro reveals plans for ‘Justice League Dark’

- April 1st, 2013

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While promoting Pacific Rim at WonderCon in Anaheim this weekend, director Guillermo Del Toro revealed plans for Justice League Dark.

Also known as Heaven Sent, JLD will be an adaptation of one of DC Comics’ New 52 titles that focuses on supernatural characters like John Constantine, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Shade the Changing Man, Zatanna, Mindwarp, Enchantress, and Swamp Thing.

Since debuting in 2011, the Justice League Dark comics have been written by Peter Milligan and Canadian Jeff Lemire.

Justice League Dark will be separate from the proposed Justice League film that is rumoured to follow this summer’s Man of Steel.

When asked what his plans are following Pacific Rim, Del Toro said that he’ll do Crimson Peak before tackling JLD.

Del Toro says he has a “bible” for the film and will soon be looking for a screenwriter for the project. The film will revolve around John Constantine, who was played by Keanu Reeves in 2005′s Constantine. No word on whether he’d be back, but if he returns, he’ll have to dye his hair blonde.

“The lead character that guides us through is Constantine,” he said according to FirstShowing.net. “He is basically trying to recruit these guys… When I was a kid, my two favorite characters in the whole DC Universe were Etrigan and Swamp Thing, so I’m in heaven.”

From the looks of it now, JLD might actually hit theatres before Justice League. Let us know what you think about the proposed supernatural team-up film in the comments.

And if you haven’t already seen it, you can check out the trailer for Pacific Rim below. It looks stellar.

Pacific Rim: New trailer promises oodles of action

- December 13th, 2012

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Santa has been bringing action geeks plenty of treats over the last week. In the past seven days, we’ve seen new trailers for Star Trek Into Darkness, Man of Steel, The Lone Ranger, Oblivion and G.I. Joe Retaliation.

Now comes the first full-length trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim. And from the looks of it, the sci-fi/action bonanza could be epic.

If you don’t already know, the Toronto-shot film is del Toro’s homage to Japanese ‘kaiju’ monster movies – you know, Godzilla, Cloverfield?

But unlike previous “Monsters versus Humans” movies, this time around we’re going to suit up Transformer-style to do battle with the creatures from the deep.

The action looks stellar, and the trailer provides the best line of any movie due next year: “Armageddon is cancelled” (courtesy of Idris Elba). By the looks of this, Supes, Kirk and Spock just might have their work cut out for them.

Check out the trailer and let us know if you think this will be the action event of next summer in the comments below.

Pacific Rim is due July 12, 2013.