Horror Fans can’t catch a break with Warner Bros.’ Justice League Dark! First, the project was shelved when Guillermo Del Toro was initially attached as director. The studio breathed new excitement into the film by announcing that Doug Liman would take over directing duties, and Liman himself explained just two weeks ago that he would approach the film by channeling his inspiration from 1970’s horror classics like The Exorcist and The Omen. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be… Variety reports that he has officially exited the project!
Producer/Director Doug Liman (Swingers, The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow) has good news for comic book fans who are getting a little sick of the constant stream of paint by numbers, derivative superhero movies with cheesy jokes that have been flooding the multiplex over the past several years. He recently sat down with Cinema Blend to discuss his vision for the upcoming Justice League Dark film, and it’s all good news for comic book fans and horror fans alike! Turns out, character development will be on display front row, center this time around, and Liman is looking to capture elements of the horror classics of the 1970s that he loves when making this movie. Here’s what he had to say: read more
The Justice League Dark trailer for the upcoming release from DC’s animated division was released today. The feature (which will be released on February 7th, 2017 on blu-ray and dvd) explores the dark side of the DC Universe, featuring characters such as John Constantine, Zatanna, Deadman, and Swamp Thing among others. Batman also appears to have a large role in this film, a departure from most Justice League Dark line-ups.
Fans anxious for Doug Liman’s Dark Universe film featuring many of the same characters will be able to quell their thirst with this animated feature. read more
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.” read more
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. read more