A while back, it got announced that J.J. Abrams and his production company, Bad Robot, had entered an exclusive deal to develop various projects based on characters on the magic corner of the DC Universe. A year later, we got word that Bad Robot was developing television series for the famed occult detective, John Constantine, with Guy Bolton. Not just that, it got confirmed that the director and writer of Promising Young Woman, Emerald Fennel, would be writing a feature film following Zatanna. That’s not all, as another founding member of the team is jumping into action. Madame Xanadu set to make her HBO Max debut in a brand new series.
Announced by Variety, Bad Robot will work on a series focused on the sorceress. Angela Robinson will write the project. There’s currently no series order, but Robinson will serve no as executive producer on the project alongside J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson, and Rachel Rusch Rich serving as co-executive producer.
The character’s roots travel back to the fall of Atlantis. Some branched off and evolved into a race of magically abled humans called the Homo Magi. The sisters, Xanadu, Morgaine le Fey, and Vivienne are descendants of these individuals. They were relevant characters during the days of Camelot, which is home to yet another essential member of the Justice League Dark, Etrigan the Demon. He would end up traveling alongside Xanadu but fears that the foretold would come true before he finds a cure, as he is destined to kill her.
She’s the perfect character to introduce the world of DC’s sorcery. It’ll be interesting to see if the series and the overall Justice League Dark universe on HBO Max ties into the greater DCEU and maybe even see it tie into the fall of Atlantis shown in Aquaman.