The project is one of Bad Robot’s first projects for the streaming service under the mega film and TV deal that Abrams signed with WarnerMedia last fall.
First appearing in Justice League Dark #1 published in September 2011, the Justice League Dark is a team of superheroes with supernatural powers that deal with threats deemed outside the scope of the traditional Justice League. The original team was comprised of John Constantine, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Shade, the Changing Man, and Zatanna. Other superheroes joined later on, including the Swamp Thing.
Over the years, Warner Bros. has made several attempts to adapt Justice League Dark for live-action. The most noteworthy of those was that of Guillermo del Toro’s production, which was supposed to be directed by Doug Liman.
Aside from the Justice League Dark series, HBO Max has also handed out straight-to-series orders for shows Duster and Overlook. Both shows are also from Abrams and McGrath’s Bad Robot Productions.
Produced by Warner Bros. TV and co-written by Abrams and LaToya Morgan, Duster is set in the 1970’s Southwest and revolves around the life of a gutsy getaway driver for a growing crime syndicate.
Overlook, meanwhile, is a spinoff based on the iconic Overlook Hotel featured in Stephen King’s 1977 novel and subsequent 1980 feature The Shining. Featuring characters from the horror-thriller, Overlook explores the untold, terrifying stories of the most famous haunted hotel in American fiction. The 10-episode drama is being written and executive produced by Dustin Thomason and Scott Brown. Overlook is reminiscent of A&E’s Bates Motel, the prequel series to another horror classic, Psycho.
“What an amazing start to our association with the wildly imaginative Bad Robot team under J.J. and Katie,” said HBO Max chief content officer Kevin Reilly in a statement. “What could be better than an original J.J. idea and then Warner Bros. letting them loose on iconic I.P. from Stephen King and the DC Universe and to provide more must-have programming on HBO Max.”
HBO Max is set to launch this May, with a specific date yet to be announced.