Justice League Dark Movie Adaptation Lands Doug Liman as Director
Variety is reporting that Doug Liman is set to direct Dark Universe, with the most recent draft of the Dark Universe script being the one that del Toro put together. The Bourne Identity and Edge of Tomorrow filmmaker has been attached for some time now to call the shots on 20th Century Fox’s X-Men spinoff Gambit (starring Channing Tatum as its namesake) – but as that film is currently spinning its wheels ahead of (possibly) starting production at last in 2017, Liman has decided to move on and become a member of Team DC/Vertigo, instead.
Back in late 2015, it was reported that the Dark Universe movie had become a “priority” for Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema and DC/Vertigo, after powerhouse producer Scott Rudin (Ex Machina) had joined the project. It’s not yet altogether clear what the future holds for the film, but now 2017 is sounding like a strong possibility for the beginning of production. Meanwhile, Variety’s new report teases that Dark Universe “will play a major role” in the DCEU moving forward.
It was also previously reported that the Dark Universe movie narrative by del Toro follows John Constantine (a character whom Colin Farrell was allegedly being eyed to play last year) as he puts together a team of specialists “in the mystic and arcane,” in order to stop a madman determined to unleash destruction on the world via a collection of (stolen) ancient tomes. The DCEU films to date have so far been noticeably informed by DC comic book stories and animated film adaptations past (see the parallels between David Ayer’s Suicide Squad and the animated Batman: Assault on Arkham) – so it stands to reason that the upcoming animated Justice League Dark film will similarly provide clues about what to expect from Liman’s Dark Universe.