[UPDATE: Though succulent, this story has proven to be just a rumor. Guillermo Del Toro has told Pietro Filipponi of The Daily Blam (via IndieWire) that there was no truth to it. Whoever started the rumor no doubt already has The Spectre on their ass for getting our hopes up. The original, debunked but still kinda awesome rumor is below.]
In what has to be the most unexpected and exciting rumor in a long time, Guillermo Del Toro has been connected to yet another movie. Yes, this would be his billionth, but it would also be very, very awesome. The project, supposedly called Heaven Sent, would be a superhero team up movie consisting of DC's various supernatural heroes, including Swamp Thing, John Constantine, Deadman, Zatanna, Zatara, The Spectre, The Phantom Stranger, Sargon and Etrigan the Demon.
Latino Review reports that the film, which, if real, would still be a very long way from production, is the result of early reactions to his upcoming, original kaiju movie Pacific Rim. Warner Bros. is apparently offering Del Toro every upcoming production they have, but the Oscar-nominated director of Pan's Labyrinth is holding out for Heaven Sent, sending the studio's lawyers into a tizzy clearing all the rights to the above characters for the potential production.
DC's supernatural heroes have teamed up before, perhaps most notably in the now-cancelled series Shadowpact. Various potential members of Heaven Sent have appeared in other media before, as well: Swamp Thing starred in two movies and a television series, John Constantine was the subject of a lackluster adaptation starring Keanu Reeves, The Spectre was the subject of a recent DC Animated short, and Etrigan, Zatana, Zatara and Deadman have all appeared in animated series like "Batman," "Justice League Unlimited" and "Young Justice."
Perhaps most intriguingly, Heaven Sent would be a superhero team up movie that isn't based on an existing comic book but does include existing, licensed characters. Most troublingly, for the marketing department anyway, none of those characters have much of an existing following, so if Heaven Sent is going to come to a theater near you it will depend almost entirely on whether Pacific Rim finally makes Guillermo Del Toro a household name to mainstream audiences.
CraveOnline will be back with more Heaven Sent news after we sign Detective Chimp up for the fun.