Universal’s Dark Universe recently set the launch pad with the remake of The Mummy starring Tom Cruise and Sophia Boutella. With Disney and Warner Brothers, two juggernauts of Hollywood smashing records with Box Office collections, the stage is already set for Universal Studios to set The Dark Universe.
The Dark Universe (not to be confused with Justice League Dark) is a shared universe of classic monsters, who once reigned the early age of Hollywood as well as the latter years of ’90s. Though the recent rendition of The Mummy wasn’t well received by critics, it did lay out the plan for the extended Dark Universe. The negative reception might be ominous for the Dark Universe, Universal Studio can still redeem itself with the other installments of the extended universe. Currently, Universal has laid out plans for The Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Wolfman, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and The Phantom of the Opera. After the failure of Dracula : The Untold Story starring Luke Evans, it seems Count Dracula has not yet made the cut.
The modern adaptation of The Mummy gives a clear hint that the Dark Universe will most probably be set in the modern world. With some A-listers in the house, the Dark Universe might be one hell of a spooky ride. Here’s everything you want to know about this grand universe.
IT’S ALL CONNECTED
The recent rendition of The Mummy couldn’t please the critics but it did set the ball rolling. The Mummy introduces us to an unscrupulous soldier (Tom Cruise) who wakes up an ancient evil which has been under the earth – no pun intended – The Mummy. The movie also introduces Dr. Henry Jekyll, who is portrayed by Russell Crowe. Dr. Jekyll is the head of a secret society named Prodigium. The shady organisation deals with supernatural and paranormal threats all over the world. Throughout the movie, easter eggs for the extended universe have been planted to set the stage for the upcoming movies. While a very few details have been officially announced for the upcoming movies, here’s a list about the monsters we might be able to watch on the silver screen.
While Frankenstein might be new for average movie goers, but hardcore movie buffs are aware of this monster. Universal had already produced a Frankenstein movie back in 1931 and is now going for another edition of it. It is derived from Frankenstein, a horror novel penned by English author Mary Shelley back in 1818. The novel revolves around an eccentric scientist named Victor Frankenstein who created a grotesque monster named as Frankenstein’s Monster. The newly established Dark Universe will feature this iconic monster who will be played the Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem. The Bride of Frankenstein is set to release in February, 2019.
THE INVISIBLE MAN
The bandage clad and hat wearing scientist, who invented a serum to gain invisibility was first penned by H.G. Wells in the eponymous novel, The Invisible Man. When a genius scientist becomes invisible why injecting a self-made serum, he struggles to maintain his sanity with his newly found powers of becoming invisible to the naked eye. Universal has cast Johnny Depp to portray the eccentric scientist in the extended universe. Was The Invisible Man in The Mummy the entire time unnoticed?
The Wolfman had had two theatrical releases. Universal Studios released the first edition of The Wolfman back in 1931 while the second edition was released in 2010. Though there has been no official report on the casting for The Wolfman set in Dark Universe, rumours indicate that Universal has been trying to get Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson to portray the classic monster.
THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN
The Bride of Frankenstein is set to release in February 2019, yet, there has been no official news for the casting. If recent rumours are to be trusted, Angelina Jolie, who starred as the vengeful queen in Maleficent will be joining the Dark Universe. Jolie garnered a lot of adulation for her portrayal of Maleficent and would definitely bring more depth into the titular character of The Bride in the upcoming The Bride of Frankenstein.
DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE
Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous novel Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde will finally hit the silver screen. The novel portrays Dr. Henry Jekyll, who battles with his inner demonic form Mr. Hyde to maintain his sanity. Dr. Henry Jekyll was already introduced in The Mummy and is played by the Oscar-winning actor, Russell Crowe. While Dr. Jekyll’s past is yet to discover, but his connections to the shady organisation Prodigium arouses a great deal of interest.
As rumours suggest, Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender might also join the Dark Universe in the near future. After a disappointing start to the franchise, Universal can still turn the tables with its stellar cast and iconic monsters. With the next movie of the extended universe hitting the theaters in early 2019, the Dark Universe is all set to join the leagues of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Extended Universe. Which gothic monster are you most excited to see on the silver screen? Let us know in the comments.