‘Promising Young Woman’ Director Emerald Fennell To Write ‘Zatanna’ Feature

by Erik Amaya

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Although the Zatanna feature film has long been said to be part of J.J. Abrams production slate at Warner Bros. Pictures, movement finally occurred with word that Promising Young Woman director Emerald Fennell will get first crack at the script.

Created by Garnder Fox and Murphy Anderson in 1964’s Hawkman #4, the character is a professional stage magician whose tricks happen to use genuine magic. Generally depicted as a mystical ally to the DC superheroes, she eventually joined the Justice League in the late ’70s. She’s also enjoyed a handful of solo titles and a number of guest appearances in DC/Vertigo titles when they still existed. Since 2011, she has been a member of Justice League Dark alongside former Vertigo all-stars Swamp Thing and John Constantine.

Details of the film’s plot are, of course, nonexistent. One would be tempted to suggest it may take a page from her debut stories, in which she searched for her missing father — Golden Age DC Comics magician Zatarra — but we imagine Fennell’s pitch was something more intriguing. The eventual film will presumably be part of the larger Justice League Dark world Abrams and his Bad Robot production company are developing for HBO Max. Currently, the scheme involves a JLD television show and a series focused on the exploits of a younger Constantine.

Zatanna is not yet scheduled for release.

(h/t: THR)

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