…or Dark Universe. Guillermo del Toro recently turned in his script to WB for his film on JLD but isn’t sure if he will be directing the film due to other film commitments and the pace WB is going in building the DCCU. The rumored team line-up is Constantine, Zatanna, Deadman, Jason Blood, and Swamp Thing. Doug Liman was eventually announced as director but later dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. JLD is on DC’s current film slate, but we’ll see how long it takes to hit production.
Constantine would obviously be a part of JLD. Although Matt Ryan would have been great for the role in the movie ‘verse as well, he’s officially joined the CW’s DC universe. So we’ll probably get a new Constantine. Plus, rumors are Colin Farrell and Ewan McGregor are favorites for the role, with Farrell in first. If not them, though, the rest of the fan-cast includes fans picks as well as mine!
*UPDATE – Matt Ryan removed as he will be returning to the role of Constantine in CW-verse. Dan Stevens removed due to casting in Legion. Patrick Wilson removed due to casting as Ocean Master. Ben Barnes removed due to casting in The Punisher. Jude Law removed due to casting in Captain Marvel.*
I am super excited to see Zatanna on the big screen and I really want whoever they pick to be able to act the role well. I picked several actresses I think would work well and, as always, included some fan favorites for the role.
*UPDATE – Jenna Dewan-Tatum due to casting in Supergirl. Katie McGrath removed due to casting in Supergirl. Serinda Swan removed due to casting in Inhumans.*
JASON BLOOD (Etrigan the Demon)
Jason Blood was a bit hard to fan-cast. I started off by incorporating fans ideas first then filled in my own ideas. I added Ewan to this fan-cast as well as it was rumored that if he wasn’t Constantine, they’d want him for Jason. Again, not sure how accurate these rumors are so take it lightly!
*UPDATE – Jude Law removed due to casting in Captain Marvel.*
DEADMAN (Boston Brand)
Deadman was a bit easier to fan-cast than Blood, but I don’t know who I would like to see the most as the character. Like I always do, I used ideas I had and fans ideas. Vote in the poll who you could see as Deadman!
*UPDATE – Patrick Wilson removed due to casting as Ocean Master in Aquaman.*
If there is one other character I want to see in the JLD movie it’s Madame Xanadu. As long as her inclusion makes sense. Age range is quite wide with this fan cast so I looked for fan’s picks and then added a few of my own ideas. Monica Belluci has been rumored to be a favorite at WB for the role but we’ll see…
Giovanni John Zatara
BLACK ORCHID (Alba Garcia)
There are more than one incarnations of Black Orchid, and I’m not sure which DC plans to bring to the big screen. Alba, in particular, is the fourth version who is a part of JLD, which is why she’s part of this fan-cast. Let me know who you would pick!
*UPDATE – Odette Annable removed due to casting in Supergirl.*
DOCTOR MIST (Nommo Balewa)
I don’t know the likeliness we’ll see Doctor Mist any time soon…but why not fan-cast him given he does/did have a history with JLD. We’ve only seen Nommo in the now cancelled Constantine TV show so we’ll have to see how long it takes to see him again…It was hard to fan-cast him though, so let me know if I left anyone out!
Pandora would be an interesting character to see in JLD, particularly given her long history. Plus, she has ties to the immortal Vandal Savage, possibly serving a neat tie-in from JLD to a JL movie. We’ll see what exactly will happen to this character though.
I don’t know where Doctor Fate would appear first in the DCEU but I think it’d be fitting if he popped up in a JLD movie. I’m going to guess Kent Nelson would be the Fate they go with but that could change.
*UPDATE – Mark Strong removed due to casting in Shazam. Jude Law removed due to casting in Captain Marvel. *
Now, JLD is currently without a director but it seems WB is actively looking for one with the film being part of the DC films slate. For fun, here are my top picks:
Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water, Hellboy) – I know, I know. He left the film because of schedule conflicts. But perhaps he now has time with JLD having been delayed. Wishful thinking.
Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) – Having previously worked with WB and particularly on a magic-centered film, I think it’d be a mistake not to look into Cuarón directing JLD. He also won the Oscar for best director. So there’s that.
Alejandro González Iñárritu (The Revenant, Birdman) – Another Oscar winner, Iñárritu has an interesting directing style and I would love to see what he could do with JLD.
Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me, The Incredible Hulk) – Leterrier has had experience with action films, comic book films, and magic-based films and I think could do well with JLD.
Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman, Stardust) – Although WB is seeking out Vaughn for a Man of Steel sequel, I think that if that doesn’t work out JLD should be the next aim.
Michelle MacLaren (Westworld, Game of Thrones) – WB first hired MacLaren to direct Wonder Woman, but after some creative differences, left the project. I think that perhaps MacLaren could do a JLD film justice, instead.
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