Universal’s Shared Dark Universe Is Filled With Monsters
May 29, 2017 - Comics, Movies, Sci-fi,
What is the Dark Universe
Last week Universal Pictures announced the next film that will join The Mummy in it’s newly named shared monster universe called the Dark Universe. It is, Bride of Frankenstein, directed by Bill Condon and written David Koepp. The “story of a very modern woman in a very classic tale.” will expand the world of updated cinematic monsters. The modern take on the 1935 Bride of Frankenstein will open Valentines’ day, Feb. 14, 2019. Because it is really a love story?
What holds the Dark Universe together?
Adding some substance to the Dark-verse Universal released a team photo. Pictured below is the first look at some of the stars of the Dark Universe. It includes the popular tabloid fodder Johnny Depp who will join as The Invisible Man. We also have Tom and the cast of the Mummy. Also pictured is Russel Crowe. His Dr. Jekyll runs the mysterious organization Prodigium who tracks the world’s monsters in a low tech Cerebro way. Based out of a Natural History Museum he will apparently be the important link to each of the films in the series. While he might have some experience with the “unknown”, I’m thinking he is probably not the men for the job.
Starring Tom Cruise, The Mummy is the leadoff batter in the Dark Universe. It arrives this summer, and anchors a new world that will be inhabited by a fairly wide range of creatures (including one living in a lagoon). Depending on how this goes, we could expect to see The Wolfman, Dracula, Frankenstein, joining the previously mentioned heroes of the Universe. But I’m not sure why Bride will come before the actual Frankenstein story.