Around this time last year, it was announced that J.J. Abrams and his production company, Bad Robot, would be taking the reigns of the Justice League Dark characters for WB. We haven’t heard too much officially on these projects but we do know that the first project in the works is set to feature the popular occult detective, John Constantine, with casting for the new character already underway. Just last week we got our first confirmation and the next character set to join Abrams’ Dark Universe, the one and only mistress of magic, Zatanna.
It was unclear what exactly the project would be considering Constantine would be getting a show, but we now know the project is indeed a film set to be written by Oscar-nominated director Emerald Fennel, who is currently in the running for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay for her work on Promising Young Woman. The project is also currently set to be released theatrically but has no set release date, and currently has no talent attached aside from Fennel.
This will be the first time Zatanna has appeared in live-action since her time on Smallville, in which she was played by Serinda Swan and only appeared for a few episodes. With the project still currently on the hunt for a director, it’s possible Fennel herself could take up the reigns to bring the character to life once more and would have no complaints here. It’ll be interesting to see if the actor who is eventually cast as Constantine reprises the role for this film as he and Zatanna were both trained by Zatanna’s father, Zatara.