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Justice League Dark and The Shining Shows Coming to HBO Max

Justice League Dark #20 (DC Comics) variant cover (detail) by Clayton Crain

J.J. Abrams Brings the Darkness to HBO Max

Variety details HBO Max has teamed up with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions to produce three new television series. One will be based on Stephen King’s The Shining—titled Overlook—which will explore other stories of the infamous Overlook Hotel. One will be an original drama titled Duster, that Variety notes is “set in the 1970s Southwest”, “explores the life of a getaway driver for a growing crime syndicate”. Last, but not least, a third show is set in the Justice League Dark Universe.

Into the Darkness

Justice League Dark #3 Variant Cover by Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion
Justice League Dark #3 Variant Cover by Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion

We do not know much about any of these shows right now, but especially Justice League Dark. Variety noted only that it is set in the “Universe” of Justice League Dark. No indication of what characters will be on the show, or storylines. Zatanna is almost a guarantee, but others are up in the air. Will Swamp Thing make an appearance after DC Universe abruptly canceled his show? What about John Constantine, who also had a show canceled but shows up in other CW shows? Will Justice League Dark somehow connect to those or be something all on its own?

There have also been rumors of Justice League Dark movies for years. Supposedly there is still supposed to be one. Will this tie in to a theatrical movie? Will this tie in to other DC movies in theaters? All of that continues to be up in the air.

What About DC Universe?

It has not been long since DC launched its own streaming service with tons of old tv shows, movies, and back-issue comic books. What does this mean for DC Universe’s original programming, though? The second season of Doom Patrol will be released on DC Universe and HBO Max. Stargirl will also be available on HBO Max. HBO Max also has several other DC-character-based shows in production.

So, what does this mean for DC Universe? Is this their way of slowly dissolving it, or will it stop producing live-action shows and be a place for animated and comic book material, with HBO Max and the CW taking over all live-action content?

Streaming Wars

“The Streaming Wars” seems to be going full steam right now. Just about every company imaginable is coming out with their own; it is a battle for viewers. It seems HBO Max is trying to hit hard with this deal. J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot Productions has made some good content and is a big name. Plus shows based on products people know and love, like Stephen King’s The Shining and Justice League Dark, is a good way to attract new viewers and subscribers.

What do you think of the announcement? Who do you hope to see in Justice League Dark, or what storylines? Let us know in the comments.


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Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30

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