When Warner Bros. unveiled their slate of nine DC Comics movies, some were surprised that it didn't include titles that have been in development for quite sometime, such as Neil Gaiman's Sandman and Guillermo del Toro's Justice League Dark, a.k.a. Dark Universe. When asked about where Sandman fits in to the DC movie universe, Neil Gaiman revealed last month that the project is a Vertigo Comics movie, which is part of, "a different slate of films." While we haven't heard anything official from Warner Bros. about a Vertigo movie universe, Guillermo del Toro revealed in a new interview with Collider that Justice League Dark is in fact part of a shared universe. But is it DC or Vertigo?
Here's what Guillermo del Toro had to say, when asked whether his languishing Frankenstein project will be a part of Universal's new monster movie universe. He seems to indicate that Justice League Dark is in fact part of the DC Movie Universe, though he sites his project as belonging to a 'very different universe':
"I haven't followed up with Frankenstein so I really have very little to add to that. Right now the only sort of shared universe project I'm working on is Dark Universe for Warners, you know, for DC, which is Swamp Thing, Demon, Deadman, Zatanna. It's a very different universe. As to the plans to the other one, I wish I had an inside track right now."
His comment that it's "a very different universe" may mean that this project is much different than Warner Bros.' main DC lineup, which includes Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad and a two-part Justice League adventure. It would make sense if Warner Bros. is developing a separate DC/Vertigo shared universe for Sandman, Justice League Dark and other Vertigo titles, since they don't exactly fit within the primary Justice League universe. However, it's also possible that these titles are all being developed as stand-alone adventures, with certain characters making appearances throughout the main DC franchise.
It's worth noting that both Sandman and Justice League Dark don't have release dates lined up, unlike the nine previously-announced DC adventures. And it isn't known when production will begin on either project. Do you think Sandman and Justice League Dark should be a part of the main DC movie universe? Or would you like to see a separate shared universe with the Vertigo titles? Chime in with your thoughts below.