After five years of relative inactivity—much of it spent on The Hobbit, which ended up going back to Peter Jackson—Guillermo del Toro’s dance card is getting mighty full. At last weekend’s WonderCon, the visionary filmmaker not only unveiled clips from his upcoming Pacific Rim, but discussed the two projects he’s got on deck after that: the haunted house movie Crimson Peak, and his Avengers-style supehero-rally effort, Dark Universe (aka Justice League Dark). According to /Film, del Toro told the WonderCon crowd that he’s mapping out what could be a very big project indeed:
On Justice League Dark, or Dark Universe, what we’re doing is we finished the bible. Then we’re going to start the screenplay with a writer we hope we can announce very soon. What I’m doing is the lead character that guides us through that is Constantine. Blonde. He is basically trying to recruit these guys. On Etrigan, I’m using Jason Blood in the time of Merlin. We get to their origin through the story. We don’t make the origin story at the top. We find it out as they each have mysteries to solve. Swamp Thing is at peace with who he is, but Deadman still needs to figure out who shot him. It’s all woven in. When I was a kid, my two favorite characters in the whole DC Universe were Etrigan and Swamp Thing, so I’m in heaven.
And if you’re into comic books, that hopefully made some kind of sense.