Doug Liman to Direct D.C. Comics Dark Universe Film

by Nick Banks

Justin Kroll of Variety is reporting that Doug Liman will direct the long gestating Justice League Dark feature, now titled Dark Universe.

Justice League Dark was originally conceived as a Guillermo del Toro project in 2012.  del Toro has been updating progress on the film ever since, but due to a large number of projects on his plate, it appears that Liman will step into del Toro’s directing shoes.  It is unclear how much of del Toro’s pre-production work, including a “story Bible” that outlined character designs and contained extensive notes on the dark side of the D.C. universe, will be salvaged or if Liman and Warner Brothers will go in a different direction.

Liman is a well-established director in his own right, with financial and critical successes such as Swingers, the Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and Edge of Tomorrow.   Liman was currently scheduled to direct the X-Men spin-off Gambit (starring Channing Tatum), but Kroll also reports that sources have stated that the director has left the embattled production, opening up his schedule for Dark Universe.

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 include Black Orchid, Shade the Changing Man, The Phantom Stranger, and even the Teen Titans very own “Devil’s daughter” Raven.

Be sure to stay tuned to Horror News Network for frequent updates on this long-awaited film adaptation.

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