Bloody-Disgusting is reporting that Guillermo del Toro is set to produce an adaptation of the DC Comics character, "Deadman," for Warner Bros.
International director Nikolaj Arcel ("Island of Lost Souls") is reportedly set to helm DC/WB project.
In the DC Universe, Deadman is a circus trapeze artist named Boston Brand, who dresses up in a red suit and white makeup to perform under the stage name Deadman. When Brand is murdered while performing his act, his spirit is held over by the Hindu goddess Rama Kushna, who endows Brand’s ghost with the ability to possess living bodies. Rama Kushna’s decree: for Brand to use his new powers to hunt down his murderer(s) and obtain justice.
So far this Deadman film is being compared to "The Crow," which is little surprise, given the premise. However, unlike the Goth-themed Crow, Deadman is going to have a much tougher time finding an audience.
Will it be horror? The usual super hero origin? Or will we likely get the sort of scary/funny, visually stylized, supernatural action fare that Guillermo del Toro has made famous with his "Hellboy" films?
Del Toro being attached to this project is pretty much the only thing giving it any buzz right now. However, del Toro’s name is also currently attached to several high-profile projects (including "The Hobbit"), so how much effort he’ll have to lend to "Deadman" is unclear at this point.
The news about a possible "Deadman" film shouldn't be taken as concrete fact just yet, but a Del Toro take on the character is nevertheless an awesome prospect with only one obvious downside: what happens to the "Hellboy" franchise? Sure, Del Toro isn't directing "Deadman" himself, but does he have the ability to juggle two different comic book properties? If Del Toro moves forward with "Deadman," have we seen the last of "Hellboy"?
Would you rather Del Toro focus on "Deadman" or a third "Hellboy" movie?
More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Sources: Screen Rant, MTV News