In an interview with IGN, director Doug Liman promised that he would approach his film Dark Universe (formerly Justice League Dark) differently than previous installments in the fledgling DC Extended Universe. Liman told IGN that “I love those characters, and I love Warner Bros., and I love [producer] Scott Rudin, and it’s — and you know, I get asked to come in and do things that are “unconventional.” If people want conventional, they don’t come to me.”
Liman further reiterated his different approach to the supernatural heroes film stating, “So even if I wanted to be a little bit more conventional, like, the system doesn’t want me to be. But since I do treat every project as a form of a film school, “OK I haven’t done that genre and how am I going to do it and how am I going to do it in a way that no one’s done it before,” so that’s, you know, I haven’t done a comic book film, and that’s — am I going to do it in a new way that’s unlike what anyone else has ever done, and come up with a couple of rules for myself of what we’re not going to do that other people do.”
Dark Universe has been in developmental Hell for years, with original director Guillermo Del Toro recently exiting after years of working on the project (since 2012). There is no current time table for production or a release date to speak of. With Marvel releasing Doctor Strange next week (11/4/16), the potential financial and critical success (currently tracking at 92% on Rotten Tomatoes) of that film may push Warner Brothers to start their own “magical superhero franchise” earlier rather than later.
The cast of characters is rumored to include John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna and Etrigan the Demon. Other members of the comic book team have included Black Orchid, Shade the Changing Man, and The Phantom Stranger.
Stay tuned to the Horror News Network for further updates on the long-promised film.