Well, it’s been rumored for such a long time that fans of spin-off series Justice League Dark from DC Comics will probably dismiss this as another false start, but it seems that Justice League Dark may finally be getting a live-action series of its own on HBO.
A proposed film with none other than Guillermo del Toro as director was laid to rest when he walked away from the difficult project around 2013. The reins were handed to Edge Of Tomorrow director Doug Liman, who also left the task.
It just seemed that a film starring the likes of Swamp Thing, John Constantine, and Deadman was in danger of falling flat and requiring the sort of involvement that hindered the actual JLA movie.
However, we have learned that Bad Robot, with JJ Abrams at the helm, has signed a deal with Warner Media, and there are a proposed three new series’ in the pipeline: JLA Dark, Overlook, based in the hotel from The Shining, and a 70s-based cop show, Duster.
JLA Dark, with its large cast and lesser-known DC properties, should work well as a TV show that will give viewers time to discover the supernatural heroes over a longer screen time that a movie would allow.
Many feel that the JLA film failed as they tried in vain to shoehorn characters such as Cyborg and Flash into the franchise without giving them an individual film to introduce them to the general public. Marvel had the luxury of presenting characters such as Ant-Man and Black Panther to viewers in their own filmic spotlight before including them in Infinity War, and this building of empathy with the audience meant the huge success of Infinity War and Endgame.
A TV show lets characters breathe, have arcs and be introduced naturally into a narrative, and shows such as Doom Patrol and Umbrella Academy have proved a team TV show can work very well in this format.
With JLA Dark being a part of the DC Universe for years, many will say their first appearance was in the classic Swamp Thing run by long-bearded comic book Wizard Alan Moore in the ’80s. The rotating cast of fan favorites could be a huge hit for the company on streaming services.
As long as they don’t do a crossover event with Titans, we should be ok.
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Louie Fecou reviews films, tv shows and comics for Ready Steady Cut, HC Movie Reviews and We Have A Hulk. He currently runs his own business in between watching films.