Warner Bros. still has a lot of confidence in their DC Comics movies, despite dreadful reviews for both Suicide Squad and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Even with a full slate already announced for the next few years, the studio is working on even more projects for their DC Extended Universe. That being the case, it looks like Warner Bros. is finally moving ahead with a Justice League Dark movie, also known as /justice-league-dark-movie-story-production-start-date/Dark Universe, with director Doug Liman at the helm.
Variety broke the news on Wednesday, confirming that the Edge of Tomorrow director would be taking on the movie. According to the report, Scott Rudin, who has long been attached to the project, will be producing Justice League Dark, with Michael Gilio writing the script. Warner Bros. has yet to officially make the announcement, but Variety is confidently stating that this is indeed happening.
This is a project that has long been in development at Warner Bros., with Pacific Rim director Guillermo Del Toro originally attached to direct. As of last year, it seemed like the live action version of Justice League Dark was all but scrapped when Del Toro left the project in favor of Pacific Rim 2, which he also ultimately decided not to direct. According to an interview with The Daily Beast about the film, it was pretty much good to go when Del Toro decided to exit the project. Here's what the director had to say.
"Warner liked the script, they were very enthusiastic and wanted to green-light it but they wanted it to coincide with the shoot of Pacific Rim 2 I was put in a very difficult place facing a difficult choice, and I chose to do Pacific Rim 2."
For those that may not know, Justice League Dark first appeared as a title in DC Comics in 2011 and featured mostly supernatural characters like John Constantine, Deadman, Swamp Thing and Zatanna. The team essentially took on missions that the regular Justice League wasn't fit for and a lot of the storytelling centered on supernatural and occult elements. Given Del Toro's sensibilities and track record, it makes total sense that he wanted to do the project and that Warner Bros. wanted him to do it, but they have both very clearly moved on. Now, it looks like Doug Liman will be filling those shoes.
Liman has been looking to do a superhero movie for a while now, as he had been attached to direct the Channing Tatum/Gambit movie at Fox for quite some time. According to the report, Liman has now officially exited that project, which is said to have been a mutual split. No word on a planned release date for Justice League Dark or casting details have been announced, but we can guess it won't be happening right away. Liman is finishing his Tom Cruise drug cartel movie American Made, and he is attached to direct the YA adaptation of Chaos Walking for Lionsgate. We will be sure to keep you updated as more details on Justice League Dark become available.