Standing apart from Justice League and their ilk are several DC characters with at least one foot in the supernatural. There’s Deadman, The Spectre, John Constantine, the Phantom Stranger, Etrigan, Zatanna, Zatara, arguably Swamp Thing.
Well, if this rumour turns out to be true, several of these – if not all of them – could feature in a single upcoming movie.
Latino Review say that Guillermo Del Toro is planning something called Heaven Sent* that will draw on DC’s books of magic, as it were, to leverage the library in a slightly more off-centre way than Justice League ever would.
There’s little more to the report, just word that:
Warner’s lawyers have been working every night trying to clear the rights to all these characters.
So to call it early days, even, might be a little premature.
Del Toro, it is worth noting, did put in a couple years work developing Deadman before his attention shifted to The Hobbit. This may be an evolution of those plans… or it may be pure bunkum.
We’ve put our feelers out. If there’s anything even a little more solid on this, we’ll be back to report again.
*No more than a working title, surely?