Published On: Sat, Jan 12th, 2013

Guillermo del Toro talks ‘Pacific Rim,’ ‘Justice League Dark,’ turning down Star Wars and Hulk TV series

Guillermo del Toro has a massive fan cliche with successful films like “Hellboy” and “Pan’s Labyrinth” and the filmmaker is promoting “Mama” where he served as executive producer. During a Jan. 12 interview with the Toronto Sun, the director talked his next film, “Pacific Rim” and other projects, including “Star Wars.”

Pacific Rim poster“Pacific Rim” (watch the trailer here) “is much more than what is shown in the trailer,” del Toro says of science fiction film which pits giant robots against monsters.

“The trailer is showing you the quiet parts, first of all. What I like about the movie is the sort of sense of adventure that you get as a kid. Sense of wish fulfillment. The movie has a lot more of that.”

It had to be tempting, but the director turned down the chance to direct “Star Wars 7” and offers a brief explanation.

“Quite frankly, as beautiful, as flattering as it is – I love the universe – I’m going to be doing my stuff, and I have so much stuff I need to catch up with.”

DC Comics appears to be moving forward on a “Justice League” film, set for 2015, but del Toro has different plans for the franchise.

The new film would feature Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and friends, but del Toro confirms he’s at work on a spin-off that will feature some of DC’s supernatural heroes, such as Swamp Thing and Constantine.

“I’m writing the storyline for Warner’s, and I already chose a (script) writer,” he says. “I think people are going to be happy. Hopefully soon there will be an announcement, and then we start developing the script.”

del Toro had been developing a series for Bruce Banner and his angrier side before “The Avengers” returned the Hulk to massive popularity and making the future of the project became unclear.

“I met with Jeph Loeb after ‘Avengers,’ but after that meeting, there’s been complete radio silence on the show. It’s very frustrating for me and for the fans that we don’t know,” del Toro said during our interview for the film “Mama.” “I haven’t heard anything in months about the show, but obviously ‘Avengers’ is a game-changer for Marvel. It’s their property, and if I don’t make it, at least I’ll watch it.”

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