Welcome to a new world of gods, monsters and legal troubles.
It was officially announced at the start of last week that next month’s The Mummy will kick off Universal’s “Dark Universe,” the name given to the shared monsters universe that they’re currently developing out of their iconic monster movie franchises. Bride of Frankenstein will follow in the wake of The Mummy, and reboots of The Invisible Man and Frankenstein are in the works with Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem as the respective leads.
All good and well, right? Well, as many pointed out on social media after the announcement was made, the name “Dark Universe” is actually already in use by DC and Warner Bros. An upcoming movie that will reportedly unite characters such as John Constantine and Swamp Thing had been tentatively dubbed Dark Universe (aka Justice League Dark) long before Universal adopted the name, which could result in legal trouble in the coming weeks.
THR notes today that a studio source has indicated that “Warner Bros. already has plans for the [Dark Universe] title with a supernatural-themed Justice League movie and a series of announced comic books branded under the Dark Universe banner.” The site adds, “Warners is mulling legal action.”
Uh oh. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more.