JJ Abrams was going to make multiple DC Comics shows for HBO Max, but Warner Bros. Discovery has rejected two of his biggest ones. It was revealed by ComicBook.com, and it all comes after it was revealed that Warner Bros has just greenlit a Constantine sequel which will star Keanu Reeves.
This Constantine sequel is going to be directed by Francis Lawrence, who directed the first movie. So, what does this all mean for Abrams’ Constantine HBO Max series? Well, it’s now been revealed that this was one of the shows that WB Discovery has rejected. It was also revealed that the Madame X HBO Max series has also been rejected by WB Discovery.
JJ Abrams has two DC Comics HBO Max shows rejected by WB Discovery
However, this doesn’t mean that the shows won’t happen. What it means is that these two shows won’t be made for HBO Max. Warner Bros. Television and Bad Robot are still making both projects. They are now looking for a new home for these shows. So, this means that these shows could end up on the likes of Netflix, Apple TV Plus, Amazon Prime Video or maybe even Hulu or Disney Plus. It was also revealed that HBO Max was already in early talks with an actor to play John Constantine in the series. The reporting also revealed that four scripts had been written.
As for the Madame X series, it’s being produced by Angela Robinson, who was also going to be the series’ showrunner. Both shows were set to be part of a Justice League Dark shared universe of shows. Some fans thought that this shared universe would also include the Emerald Fennell-penned Zatanna movie. That movie has now been cancelled after the WarnerMedia and Discovery merger. It was actually one of the first DC Comics movies to be cancelled by the new leadership at Warner Bros Discovery.
What’s going on between WB and Bad Robot?
During an interview with Empire Magazine, Fennell revealed the following:
There are lots of things about her that felt like they could be really, really interesting. And it’ll be an opportunity to make something really quite dark. And that appealed to me, to make something big and scary. I love that stuff.
These two projects are the latest shows developed under an overall deal between Abrams and Warner Bros not to happen. The other show that the filmmaker/producer was working on for HBO Max that ended up getting cancelled was his original sci-fi series Demimonde. Another project was the animated Batman series, called Batman: Caped Crusader. He was developing that project alongside Bruce Timm and The Batman director Matt Reeves. That series is still not dead yet. It’s reportedly being shopped around to other streamers such as Netflix, Amazon, and Apple after being turned down by HBO Max last month.
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