While the world awaits the release of the Snydercut, HBO Max continues to shore up its comic book content. With WandaVision, the MCU has begun growing its TV universe via the Disney+ streaming platform, and now DC is doing the same with HBO Max.
Matt Reeves previously announced a Gotham Police series taking place in the same universe as his Robert Pattinson-led Batman movie. We know a series based on Peacemaker, from James Gunn’s forthcoming Suicide Squad movie, as well as a Green Lantern Corps show, are coming. And now the network is building out its Justice League Dark universe.
First up is a new Constantine series, according to ComicBook.com. Last year there were rumors about a movie that would be a direct sequel to the original film. But it looks as though it will be a show and it will be without Keanu (whom DC is still hoping will take their Kang the Conqueror role), who starred in the theatrical version of the story, or Matt Ryan, who was in the last TV version. This time they apparently want a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) actor, and rumor has it Riz Ahmed, currently garnering Oscar buzz for his role as a drummer who learns he’s going deaf in Sound of Metal, is desired.
The news of a Justice League Dark universe, headed up by J.J. Abrams, was first mentioned a while ago and not much has been said since, but TV Line hears that it’s still in development. If that’s true, Constantine will be but the first piece of a larger puzzle that could contain characters like Swamp Thing, Deadman, Doctor Destiny, Etrigan the Demon, among many others who’ve been associated with the group in the comments.
DC is dying for their own universe, and if Zack Snyder’s Justice League isn’t revived by next month’s Snydercut, perhaps the dark version is the next best bet. Not sure how you get much darker than Batman killing people and dropping f-bombs, but I guess Constantine is a start!