Following a rumor released last week that claimed that del Toro might be working on “Heaven Sent,” a movie based on “Justice League Dark” that would feature a darker array of DC characters than we’re used to, the director has confirmed the news to MTV Geek. It’s not a project that is very far along, but it is in fact being worked on.
“When somebody asked me about ‘Justice League’ … I’m not involved in ‘Justice League.’ I am discussing,” del Toro said. “I’ve been discussing with the fans and I’ve been very, very open about how much ‘Swamp Thing’ was key when I was a kid. Comics in Mexico came on the first two days of the week. Around Tuesday and Wednesday I would go to the newsstand on my bicycle and I would get ‘Swamp Thing’ every time it was available and I loved Jack Kirby’s ‘Demon.’ I love Constantine and all that. You know, I’ve been pursuing doing something with them for many, many years. Hopefully it’ll come to pass. But we are still just discussing.”
To be fair, del Toro has many projects kicking around that he’s never actually gotten to (remember his planned “Haunted Mansion” and “At The Mountains of Madness” movies?), so this is no guarantee that “Heaven Sent” — or “Justice League Dark,” as it could be called — is actually getting made. Still, it is interesting that del Toro is involved in the film. His next movie, “Pacific Rim,” is coming out at Warner Bros., the same studio that is planning an “Avengers”-style “Justice League” movie.
It would make sense for WB to have del Toro make a “Justice League Dark” movie with characters they haven’t already adapted recently to start off a new cinematic universe they can explore. But hey, we’re just speculating. Both “Justice League” and this movie are at least several years away, so we’ll have to wait until then to really get our hopes up.
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Spend Valentine's Day weekend with IFC's Underworld movie marathon.
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Romance takes many forms, and that is especially true when you have a thirst for blood or laser beams coming out of your eyes. It doesn’t matter if you’re a werewolf, a superhero, a clone, a time-traveler, or a vampire, love is the one thing that infects us all. Read on to find out why Romeo and Juliet have nothing on these supernatural star-crossed lovers, and be sure to catch IFC’s Underworld movie marathon this Valentine’s Day weekend.
1. Cyclops/Jean Grey/Wolverine, X-Men series
The X-Men franchise is rife with romance, but the steamiest “ménage à mutant” may just be the one between Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), Cyclops (James Marsden), and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Their triangle is a complicated one as Jean finds herself torn between the two very different men while also trying to control her darker side, the Phoenix. This leads to Jean killing Cyclops and eventually getting stabbed through her heart by Wolverine in X-Men: The Last Stand. Yikes! Maybe they should change the name to Ex-Men instead?
2. Willow/Tara, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Joss Whedon gave audiences some great romances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer — including the central triangle of Buffy, Angel, and Spike — but it was the love between witches Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Tara (Amber Benson) that broke new ground for its sensitive and nuanced portrayal of a LGBT relationship.
Willow is smart and confident and isn’t even sure of her sexuality when she first meets Tara at college in a Wiccan campus group. As the two begin experimenting with spells, they realize they’re also falling for one another and become the show’s most enduring, happy couple. At least until Tara’s death in season six, a moment that still brings on the feels.
3. Selene/Michael, Underworld series
The Twilight gang pales in comparison (both literally and metaphorically) to the Lycans and Vampires of the stylish Underworld franchise. If you’re looking for an epic vampire/werewolf romance set amidst an epic vampire/werewolf war, Underworld handily delivers in the form of leather catsuited Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and shaggy blonde hunk Michael (a post-Felicity Scott Speedman). As they work together to stop the Vampire/Lycan war, they give into their passions while also kicking butt in skintight leather. Love at first bite indeed.
4. Spider-man/Mary Jane Watson, Spider-man
After rushing to the aid of beautiful girl-next-door Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), the Amazing Spider-man is rewarded with an upside-down kiss that is still one of the most romantic moments in comic book movie history. For Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), the shy, lovable dork beneath the mask, his rain-soaked makeout session is the culmination of years of unrequited love and one very powerful spider bite. As the films progress, Peter tries pushing MJ away in an attempt to protect her from his enemies, but their web of love is just too powerful. And you know, with great power, comes great responsibility.
5. Molly/Sam, Ghost
When it comes to supernatural romance, you really can’t beat Molly and Sam from the 1990 hit film Ghost. Demi Moore goes crazy for Swayze like the rest of us, and the pair make pottery sexier than it’s ever been.
When Sam is murdered, he’s forced to communicate through con artist turned real psychic, Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg in her Academy Award-winning role) to warn Molly she is still in danger from his co-worker, Carl (a pre-Scandal Tony Goldwyn). Molly doesn’t believe Oda is telling the truth, so Sam proves it by sliding a penny up the wall and then possessing Oda so he and Molly can share one last romantic dance together (but not the dirty kind). We’d pay a penny for a dance with Patrick Swayze ANY day.
6. Cosima/Delphine, Orphan Black
It stands to reason there would be at least one complicated romance on a show about clones, and none more complicated than the one between clone Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) and Dr. Delphine Cormier (Evelyne Brochu) on BBC America’s hit drama Orphan Black.
Cosima is a PhD student focusing on evolutionary developmental biology at the University of Minnesota when she meets Delphine, a research associate from the nefarious Dyad Institute, posing as a fellow immunology student. The two fall in love, but their happiness is brief once Dyad and the other members of Clone Club get involved. Here’s hoping Cosima finds love in season four of Orphan Black. Girlfriend could use a break.
7. Aragorn/Arwen, Lord of the Rings
On a picturesque bridge in Rivendell amidst some stellar mood-lighting and dreamy Elvish language with English subtitles for us non-Middle Earthlings, Arwen (Liv Tyler) and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) bind their souls to one another, pledging to love each other no matter what befalls them.
Their courtship is a matter of contention with Arwen’s father, Elrond (Hugo Weaving), who doesn’t wish to see his daughter suffer over Aragorn’s future death. The two marry after the conclusion of the War of the Ring, with Aragorn assuming his throne as King of Gondor, and Arwen forgoing her immortality to become his Queen. Is it too much to assume they asked Frodo to be their wedding ring-bearer?
8. Lafayette/Jesus, True Blood
True Blood quickly became the go-to show for supernatural sex scenes featuring future Magic Mike strippers (Joe Manganiello) and pale Nordic men with washboard abs (Hi Alexander Skarsgård!), but honestly, there was a little something for everyone, including fan favorite Bon Temps medium, Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis).
In season three, Lafayette met his mother’s nurse, Jesus, and the two began a relationship. As they spend more time together and start doing V (short for Vampire Blood), they learn Jesus is descended from a long line of witches and that Lafayette himself has magical abilities. However, supernatural love is anything but simple, and after the pair join a coven, Lafayette becomes possessed by the dead spirit of its former leader. This relationship certainly puts a whole new spin on possessive love.
9. Nymphadora Tonks/Remus Lupin, Harry Potter series
There are lots of sad characters in the Harry Potter series, but Remus Lupin ranks among the saddest. He was bitten by a werewolf as a child, his best friend was murdered and his other best friend was wrongly imprisoned in Azkaban for it, then THAT best friend was killed by a Death Eater at the Ministry of Magic as Remus looked on. So when Lupin unexpectedly found himself in love with badass Auror and Metamorphmagus Nymphadora Tonks (she prefers to be called by her surname ONLY, thank you very much), pretty much everyone, including Lupin himself, was both elated and cautiously hopeful about their romance and eventual marriage.
Sadly, the pair met a tragic ending when both were killed by Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts, leaving their son, Teddy, orphaned much like his godfather Harry Potter. Accio hankies!
10. The Doctor/Rose Tyler, Doctor Who
Speaking of wolves, Rose “Bad Wolf” Tyler (Billie Piper) captured the Doctor’s hearts from the moment he told her to “Run!” in the very first episode of the re-booted Doctor Who series. Their affection for one another grew steadily deeper during their travels in the TARDIS, whether they were stuck in 1950s London, facing down pure evil in the Satan Pit, or battling Cybermen.
But their relationship took a tragic turn during the season two finale episode, “Doomsday,” when the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Rose found themselves separated in parallel universes with no way of being reunited (lest two universes collapse as a result of a paradox). A sobbing Rose told a holographic transmission of the Doctor she loved him, but before he could reply, the transmission cut out, leaving our beloved Time Lord (and most of the audience) with a tear-stained face and two broken hearts all alone in the TARDIS.
Warner Bros.’ “Justice League” project finally has a tentative release date: summer 2015.
The news comes after the studio won the rights to Superman in a long-running legal battle. Now that they don’t have to worry about any legal issues, the studio is pushing forward with their plans to bring the Justice League to the big screen.
The plan, according to the Los Angeles Times, is to have the movie bring together Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash and Batman, as well as some other characters. (We’ve recently heard Lobo could be involved). This is a project that WB revived over the summer thanks to the script penned by “Gangster Squad” writer Will Beall.
We’ll also be interested to see if any of the pre-existing characters in the WB/DC universe are brought into this project. It would make sense for Henry Cavill’s Superman, Ryan Reynolds’ Green Lantern or even Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Robin to be brought into the mix, but we have a feeling Warner Bros. might start from scratch with the new film. After all, the LA Times article says WB approached Christopher Nolan to produce the project, but he refused.
At least they have some time to figure everything out. “Justice League” will likely have to go into production next year to meet its summer 2015 release date, so there’s no guarantee WB will push forward on this project immediately.
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After del Toro expressed some hesitancy over whether “Pacific Rim” should be made in 3D, it turns out Warner Bros. has pushed the issue. Variety is reporting that “Pacific Rim” is going to be converted into 3D for its release, and we just hope that the decision got del Toro’s blessing.
This will be the “Pan’s Labyrinth” director’s first 3D film, and it does seem like it’s a good fit. “Pacific Rim” is set to be a monster movie of the best kind, so what better opportunity to tack on a 3D post-conversion and make one of the biggest summer blockbusters of 2013 even bigger. Hopefully the 3D is half decent or this will be a real waste.
At least there will be plenty of awesome scenes to see projected in 3D. During an interview with Total Film last month, del Toro opened up about some of the big action set pieces we’ll see in the new flick.
“We take the battles far and above! Two or three of them happen in places where there have never been a battle between kaiju and robots. From the bottom of the ocean to the atmosphere of the Earth. We have a battle in a storm at sea. Every battle we try to do differently. One is seen from the point of view of a single person. We never cut away from that point of view,” he said.
“Pacific Rim” stars Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day, Rinko Kikuchi, Max Martini, Willem Dafoe, Robert Kazinsky, Clifton Collins Jr., Diego Klattenhoff and Ron Perlman. It’s due in theaters on July 17, 2013.
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That’s right, Lobo could be a member of the Justice League in Warner Bros.’s planned movie of the same name. Comic Book Movie has learned from a source that writer Will Beall is currently toying with the idea of adding the bounty hunter to his “Justice League” roster. It’s unclear if he would enter as a member of the League or if he would be a villain, but the news is certain to make fans happy. It’s worth noting that this is far from confirmed and CBM writes that this idea is still “only in the brainstorming stage.” It’s still an interesting development, to say the least.
Lobo is a Czarnian bounty hunter originally created by Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen back in 1984 who has made regular appearances with the Justice League. The character is best known for his badass motorcycle that travels across the cosmos and the fact that he is close to indestructible.
Of course, there’s already another “Lobo” project in development. “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” director Brad Peyton was tasked with rewriting and directing the project for Warner Bros. back in April, though we haven’t heard much about it since. Joel Silver and Akiva Goldsman are slated to produce the project, and Dwayne Johnson confirmed in July that he is potentially up for the title character.
If WB does decide to include Lobo in “Justice League,” that doesn’t necessarily mean that plans on a standalone “Lobo” movie need to be scrapped. There’s no set release date for “Lobo” and Johnson has a pretty busy schedule coming up, so he could end up making an appearance as the character in “Justice League” (which has a planned 2015 release date) before having his own standalone follow-up movie. Since WB seems like it’s interested in uniting DC’s superheroes in one ensemble flick before sending them their own separate ways in a franchise similar to Marvel’s cinematic universe, then this would make sense in the long run.