Guillermo del Toro preps 'Dark Universe' flick- is it tied to 'Justice League'?

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One of the reasons I'm a big fan of Guillermo del Toro is that he's such a well-rounded nerd who loves the paranormal/supernatural in addition to sci-fi and super heroes. Obviously this is no shocker, but it's always a pleasure to hear he's working on new projects that combines those loves.

For instance, in a recent interview with IGN about Mama, which he exec-produces, del Toro chatted about his involvement with the DC Comics Dark Universe movie revolving around supernatural heroes. He said he's working on the outline and has found a "very, very good writer" for the screenplay that will pleasantly surprise fans.

The darker side of DC Comics is currently represented by a few titles, including Justice League Dark, a super team who deals in the supernatural. The team features Deadman, Zatanna, Madame Xanadu and Shade The Changing Man - along with Constantine (played by Keanu Reeves in the 2005 movie of the same name based on the Hellblazer comics). Another character who would be in the movie, and has received his own feature treatment in the past, is Swamp Thing - who del Toro calls a "rock star." The Demon Etrigan and The Spectre will also join in the action.

The director says that DC is feeling very confident with the film possibilities of its characters, especially based on their expectations for Man of Steel. Speaking of which, considering the timeline of this project, it will likely live or die based on the box office of the new Supes movie, as well as the success of the impending Justice League vehicle. Moreover, it would make sense for their to be a cameo from a JL hero in the Dark Universe movie to connect it to the larger DC-verse.

Check out the video from IGN after the jump.

-Aaron Sagers