According to Deadline, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot production company is currently working with Warner Bros. to develop film and TV adaptations of Justice League Dark. The process in the very early stages, so we don’t know which characters will appear or in what format. But Bad Robot’s Head of Motion Pictures, Hannah Minghella, and Head of Television, Ben Stephenson, will meet with talent reps and potential writers soon. These meetings will be to figure out which heroes are chosen for the adaptations.
Despite being linked to the Justice League, the team isn’t exactly a household name. But neither were the Guardians of the Galaxy when Marvel made their movie. And now they’re one of the most popular aspects of the MCU. This team mostly focuses on occult or strange occurrences in the DC universe.
Since it’s still early in the development cycle, there’s no word how involved J.J. Abrams will be. We know that Minghella is working with Walter Hamada, Warner Bros.’s President of DC-Based Film Production. And Stephenson will work with the Warner Bros. Television Group. But for now, we’ll just have to wait and see what form these Justice League Dark adaptations take.
Justice League Dark first formed in 2011. The team has included a wide variety of heroes from the more unusual corners of the DC world. These include the paranormal specialist and exorcist John Constantine, the literal magician Zatanna, and the humanoid plant monster, Swamp Thing. These upcoming adaptations may or may not be within the DCEU. But they won’t be the first time some of these characters have been adapted.
In 2017, the team received an animated film simply titled Justice League Dark. Constantine starred in a 2014 TV series on NBC, which eventually led to crossovers with the CW’s “Arrowverse” after the series was canceled. And Keanu Reeves played the character in a 2005 movie. Swamp Thing was also the star of short-lived but praised series on the streaming platform, DC Universe. And he starred in one of the earliest DC film adaptations: 1982’s Swamp Thing, directed by Wes Craven. Various team members have appeared in other film and TV properties, such as Zatanna’s inclusion in Smallville.
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