Well, everything is better dark. Even the Justice League. At least that’s what HBO Max is hoping for. A few months back JJ Abrams company, Bad Robot signed a massive deal with WarnerMedia. Now it looks like Abrams first foray into the DC Comics brand will be through its mystical team of some of DC’s biggest magical characters.
JLD debuted in DC Comics in 2011 and is a team featuring magic-based characters such as Zatanna, Deadman, Swamp Thing and John Constantine. Over the years, Warner Bros. has attempted to get a big-screen version off the ground, with filmmakers such as Doug Liman and Guillermo Del Toro coming and going. Warners-backed streamer DC Universe also had a short-lived drama series based on Swamp Thing and produced a Constantine TV series for NBC with the character ultimately folded into The CW’s Arrow-verse. (The fate of DC Universe as a home for scripted originals remains murky at best.)
Another supernatural based series is coming to HBO Max as well. A spin-off of “The Shining” titled “Overlook.” The series is said to be based on the iconic hotel featured in Stephen King’s 1977 novel and subsequent 1980 feature The Shining, features characters from the horror thriller. It explores the untold, terrifying stories of the most famous haunted hotel in American fiction. The project reunites Bad Robot, King and Warner Bros. TV following the Hulu anthology Castle Rock. The 10-episode drama, sources say, is being written and exec produced by Dustin Thomason and Scott Brown, who both previously worked on Castle Rock. The series has, per sources, also opened a mini writers room to get a jump on scripts during the industrywide production shutdown.
Finally the third announced series from Bad Robot and WarnerMedia is titled “Duster” and will be co-written by Abrams and LaToya Morgan (The Walking Dead, Parenthood) and was conceived by the former. It is set in the 1970s Southwest and revolves around the life of a gutsy getaway driver for a growing crime syndicate who goes from awful to wildly, stupidly, dangerously awful.
HBO Max is poised to launch next month at a date to be determined. The platform will be the exclusive streaming home for libraries of Friends and The Big Bang Theory, as well as originals from across the Warner Media brand including HBO, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and more. The service, which will cost $15 a month, will also feature scripted originals including new takes on Dune, Gossip Girl, The Boondocks, Gremlins, Grease and Green Lantern as the platform leans hard into IP.