HBO Max’s Content Chief reveals why J.J. Abrams chose to produce Justice League Dark for the streaming service.
When news broke that J.J. Abrams was in the middle of making a deal to move Bad Robot from Paramount to Warner Bros., fans wondered if the director would produce something from the vast DC Comics library. Abrams was originally rumored to produce or direct a Superman film, but that didn’t pan out. Months later, it was announced that the director would produce a series and/or film based on characters from Justice League Dark and it turns out that he pitched it to the HBO Max streaming service.
In a new profile for HBO Max’s official launch, Content Chief Kevin Reilly revealed details on DC’s involvement with the streaming service, including the J.J. Abrams-produced Justice League Dark:
Yes, he’s always loved it. He always felt that there was a lot of opportunity there and an unexplored territory, and kind of a pond that he could play in exclusively.
Details regarding the Justice League Dark series are being kept under wraps. J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot’s Head of Television Ben Stephenson are on board as executive producers, with the company’s Executive Vice President of Television, Rachel Rusch Rich, serving as an executive producer.
Warner Bros. has been trying to get a Justice League Dark movie off the ground for quite some time now. Guillermo del Toro and Doug Liman were previously attached to the project, but they both dropped out a few years ago. Additionally, the JLDcharacter Swamp Thing had his own DC Universe series that was axed in June 2019 after just one season.
The Justice League Dark team was created by comic book writer Peter Milligan and artist Mikel Janín. The team made its debut in September 2011, consisting of characters like John Constantine, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Shade, Zatanna and the Changing Man.
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Source: Business Insider