Guillermo del Toro served as a guest of honor at the fourth annual Hero Complex Film Festival last weekend in Hollywood, appearing on stage for a Q&A between screenings of two Spanish-language movies — “The Devil’s Backbone,” the 2001 gothic horror movie set during the Spanish Civil War; and “Pan’s Labyrinth,” his Academy Award-winning dark fantasy set during Francoist Spain.
While taking questions from the audience, Del Toro elaborated on his planned adaptation of DC Comics’ “Justice League Dark,” saying that he wanted to focus on characters including Constantine, Deadman, Etrigan, Swamp Thing and Floronic Man.
“I was never a superhero guy,” Del Toro said. “I thought I could do some of the edgier, darker stuff.
“One of my most cherished memories when I was a kid was running to the drug store, the newsstand, on my bike to get ‘Swamp Thing,’ and not make it to my house to read it,” he said. “I would pedal like a block, drop the bike, sit on the pavement and read it…. I was in love with all the monsters of DC.”
Hosted by Hero Complex editor Gina McIntyre at the Chinese 6 Theatres, the festival started last Friday night with a John Carpenter double feature and discussion and continued Saturday with a screening of “The Mist” featuring Frank Darabont and Thomas Jane.
Sunday afternoon featured a screening of “Independence Day” and conversation with director Roland Emmerich, producer Dean Devlin, star Jeff Goldbum and effects wizard Volker Engel. That was followed in the evening by a 20th anniversary tribute to “The X-Files” with creator Chris Carter and two of the series’ writers, Glen Morgan and Darin Morgan, and showings of three fan-picked episodes.
Watch the video above to see Del Toro talking about “Justice League Dark,” and look for more video excerpts from each of the conversations from the festival to be posted in the coming days.
— Rebecca Keegan and Gina McIntyre
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