Yesterday it was confirmed in a tweet by DC Comics that legendary creator Len Wein had passed away. The cause of death has not been publicly released, but we do know (based off of his twitter account) that Wein had been in surgery just a few days prior.
Len Wein was a legendary comics writer who had a hand in creating a couple of modern comics most iconic characters. Most notably he co-created DC/Vertigo’s Swamp Thing with Bernie Wrightson (who also passed away earlier this year) and Marvel’s Wolverine with artist John Romita. Wein also worked extensively as an editor, notably on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’s Watchmen.
After an extended battle with brain cancer, acclaimed horror and comic artist Bernie “Berni” Wrightson has passed away. He is survived by his wife (Liz), two sons (John and Jeffrey), and stepson (Thomas Adamson).
Wrightson is best known to fans as co-creator of DC and Vertigo comic’s Swamp Thing. He also co-created the character Destiny with Marv Wolfman (who was largely utilized in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comics), and illustrated comics for Spider-Man, Batman, The Punisher. He also provided covers for many comics, including Nevermore and Toe Tags.
Besides his work in comics, Wrightson also did extensive horror illustrations, including the poster for Creepshow and over 50 illustrations for a 1983 version of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. He was a talented man, and he shall be missed.
Considering that the show was canceled, its pretty amazing that Matt Ryan has become synonymous with Constantine. Fans can’t help but be excited whenever he gets to play Constantine, even if he isn’t playing the same version of the character that was on NBC and Arrow. It looks like fans have a treat coming from DC’s animated films as Matt Ryan is set to play John Constantine once again in the new Justice League Dark movie.
The film will also feature Zatanna, Deadman, Etrigan the Demon, Black Orchid and (my other favorite) Swamp Thing, in addition to the not-so-dark Justice League making cameos throughout.
The DC animated movies tend to be pretty fun and this first preview looks promising.
Guillermo Del Toro may no longer be helming the Justice League Dark film, but Warner Bros still seems interested in the project moving forward. According to The Tracking Board, DC and Warner Bros have tapped Scott Rudin to take over the film (which will likely be titled Dark Universe). In fact, if The Tracking Board is to be believed, Warner Bros is aggressively behind the movie, and Dark Universe could start filming as early as 2016.
That is… really soon.
It shouldn’t be too surprising though. Justice League Dark/Dark Universe has been in the planning stage for years. As the film wasn’t a part of DC’s cinematic roadmap, we weren’t exactly expecting it though. Del Toro will remain as a producer on the film, although he’s no longer directing.
The Justice League Dark comic features characters like Zatanna, Deadman and John Constantine. Even though there’s a John Constantine walking around the shared Arrowverse (and who previously had his own now canceled show) played by Matt Ryan, the DC Cinematic Universe would recast the part.
I’m not sure I’ll ever quite understand why DC does what it does while managing its franchises, but as the Constantine show is no longer on the air, at least it’s not going to be as confusing for consumers as some of DC/Warner Bros other choices.
A weird part of me wants to see them bring Keanu Reeves’s version of John Constantine back though…
We are sad to report that Wes Craven, the director of horror classics including Nightmare on Elm Street,Scream, and my all-time favorite Swamp Thing has passed away at only 76 after a bout with brain cancer.
Craven was truly one of the great writer-directors of genre films. Horror fans will remember him for redefining and satirizing the genre.
Our best wishes go out to his family in this trying time.
So after expressing interest in doing a Justice League: Dark film for several year, Guillermo del Toro has finally submitted his script, to Warner Brothers. Tentatively titled Dark Universe, the film would follow some of the more magical members of the DC Universe. ( Such as Swamp Thing, Zatanna, John Constantine and Deadman.)
Its worth noting that DC did not list Justice League: Dark among their upcoming movies and its not like del Toro doesn’t have a full plate of projects already, but the fact that he appears to be serious about making my one of my dreams come true is really, REALLY exciting.