HBO Max: Justice League Dark and a Spinoff of The Shining Are Coming

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Disney+ isn’t going to be the only streamer with a big superhero television series. On Thursday afternoon Warner Bros. reported that J.J. Abrams is producing a dark show Justice League for the new streaming service HBO Max. He would also supervise a spin-off of Stephen King’s The Shining and an original crime drama in the 1970s Southwest called Duster.

Technically the Justice League Dark series has no final title yet, but it will concentrate on characters from the more magical, supernatural side of the DC superhero universe, such as Zatanna, Swamp Thing, and John Constantine. For years now, there has been talk about getting the team to the screen as Doug Liman and Guillermo Del Toro wanted to make a big screen version at different stages.As with anything DC-related these days, it’s unclear whether the upcoming series will have if any shared continuity with key DC movies including Wonder Woman and Birds of Prey.

Overlook, Abrams’ The Shining Spin-off, seems to have something in common with Hulu’s King-inspired Castle Rock anthology series, which Abrams and his production company Bad Robot have had a hand in. Dustin Thomason and Scott Brown, the show runners at Castle Rock, move to HBO Max to write and produce Overlook, a 10-episode series about the notorious hotel in the middle of King’s 1977 novel and Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film. The Hollywood Reporter reports that “iconic characters from the horror novel” will appear in the film, which is interesting because most of the book’s small cast of characters either die or were ghosts from the start.

Finally, there is Duster, which was the initial idea of Abrams that he is co-writing with LaToya Morgan’s The Walking Dead. For a rising crime syndicate the show will pursue a getaway driver. HBO Max is less than a Quibi away, because the service will be launched at a stated point in May, assuming nothing will change (for coronavirus-related purposes or otherwise). Neither of the three shows that have just been confirmed will be available at the launch, obviously, nor have they suggested release dates at this time. Duster, Overlook, and the Justice League Dark series are the first three shows Warner Bros. has ordered Abrams to series after the Bad Robot production company Rise of Skywalker director made a sweeping five-year contract with the network.


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