In this post, I will be covering both Warner Bros. MonsterVerse and Universal’s Dark Universe because monsters are better than people.
Universal is bringing back it’s monsters! Wolfman, Frankenstein’s monster, Tom Cruise, the whole lot of them. Unlike their original releases, all of the monster reboots in the near future are going to be linked together in a cinematic Dark Universe. The Dark Universe will include Russel Crowe whispering lovingly in your ear, and occasionally monsters.
The Mummy (2017) was the kick-off of this new cinematic universe. The confirmed monsters to follow (so far) are Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Invisible Man, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Dr. Jeckyll/Mr. Hyde, and Wolfman. I have heard rumor of Phantom of the Opera, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dracula and Van Helsing getting their own reboots, but some movies have more info floating around than others, but there are new details being released all the time.
(Pictured are the confirmed Dark Universe stars)
The films will be linked by Russel Crowe’s Dr. Jeckyll. He’s going to be the connection between all of these monsters as a Nick Fury-esque character. Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella starred in The Mummy (2017), Johnny Depp is slated for the Invisible Man, and Javier Bardem is going to be Frankenstein’s Monster.
I’m particularly excited to see Crowe and Bardem’s performances, but I’m on the fence about Johnny Depp as the Invisible Man. He has really big shoes to fill, seeing as his predecessors are Claude Rains and Vincent Price.
As for MonsterVerse, we’ve got a hell of a lineup of cool monsters that’ll get some backstory and commentary on modern civilization living amongst “gods” and WHO AM I KIDDING THEY’RE GOING TO FIGHT. THEY’RE GOING TO FIGHT AND THAT’S ALL I WANT.
Godzilla (2014) and Kong: Skull Island (2017) were the first two films in the MonsterVerse, and will be followed up by Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) and Godzilla vs. Kong (2020). I don’t know which one to be more excited about; King of Monsters is going to have three major Godzilla adversaries: Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah. These films are going to be from the perspective of cryptozoologists in the Monarch organization that we’re introduced to in Skull Island.
I’m so giddy about watching giant monsters fight, I cannot contain it.
And Godzilla vs. Kong is pretty self-explanatory and awesome.
There’s about just as much information floating around about the MonsterVerse as there is about the Dark Universe, and they are very similar. Both are cinematic universes based on reboots, they involve organizations that tie all of these creatures and supernatural beings together, and they’re both off to kind of a rocky start. The problems with both of these universes are that they’re being really rushed (this is the third time they’ve tried to create a Dark Universe after all). That doesn’t mean that people aren’t going to see them, it just means that some of these Creature Features might be kind of a letdown.
How do you feel about monster movie reboots? Are you excited about new cinematic universes? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear your thoughts.