Guillermo Del Toro Officially Opts Out Of Justice League Dark


Despite the rumor floating around for the past several weeks, many fans of the DCEU held faith that Guillermo Del Toro would commit to helming Warner Bros/DC’s Justice League Dark film.

However, confirmation of the rumor was recently given straight from Del Toro’s mouth, during his panel at San Diego Comic Con.

Del Toro revealed, among other things, that Warner Bros. loved the script they received for Justice League Dark, and were more than prepared to move the project into production. However, Warner Bros’s schedule seemed to be in direct conflict with Del Toro’s other commitments, namely Pacific Rim 2, which Del Toro was already in pre-production on, under Legendary Studios.

Warners liked the script, they were very enthusiastic and wanted to green-light it but they wanted it to coincide with the shoot of Pacific Rim 2,” he said. “I was put in a very difficult place facing a difficult choice, and I chose to do Pacific Rim 2.”

Though this choice might seem baffling for some—choosing a project that not as many people are clamoring for, over being on the ground floor of a burgeoning cinematic universe—apparently Del Toro was given quite the incentive for seeing Pacific Rim 2 through to completion, and making it a hit. Apparently Legendary told Del Toro that if Pacific Rim 2 does well, then they may be willing to finance a Hellboy 3 film.

Still, despite the loss, this does make for some interesting speculation. First, it’s great to hear that Warner Bros. and DC liked the script, & is prepared to move forward on it. Also, Del Toro alludes to a November date that he would have begun working on Justice League Dark, if he had accepted the job. That would have put the film somewhere within the next couple of years, on DC’s film slate; far sooner than most people perhaps expected. It begs to wonder, though, if Warner Bros. would be just as aggressive, now that they have to find another director? Del Toro’s shoes are pretty difficult to fill, but it’s been rumored that Warner Bros. would move forward on the project, with or without Del Toro.

So, what say you all? What do you think about these furthering developments surrounding Justice League Dark? What directors do you think would make great candidates to helm the film? Sound off in the comments below.

Source: The Daily Beast

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