Justice League Dark Loses Director Doug Liman

DC continues to have problems keeping its helmers on their movies. Recently Zack Snyder understandably left Justice League after experiencing a family tragedy. The Flash has also gone through two directors. Now Doug Liman has left another film, Justice League Dark, this time due to scheduling conflicts.

Doug Liman behind the camera

Liman left Gambit to work on Justice League Dark, which he wanted to make smaller and more personal, but Warner Brothers, presumably wanting to capitalize on the acclaim that Wonder Woman is (rightfully) garnering, wants the film in theatres quicker than Liman was able to manage. He currently has the Iraq War film The Wall playing in theatres. His next production is Chaos Walking, starring Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland. Based on a YA novel by Patrick Ness, it tells the story of an Earth colony on the planet New World that suddenly becomes infected with something called the Noise that makes all thoughts audible (so pretty much my worst nightmare really). He is also working on American Made about a drug runner starring Tom Cruise, and a sequel to Edge of Tomorrow called Live Die Repeat and Repeat (the original title of Edge of Tomorrow was Live Die Repeat, which was an awesome title, but the sequel title, not so much).

Justice League Dark

The Justice League Dark backing Batman

Justice League Dark was originally supposed to be directed by Guillermo Del Toro before he backed out in 2015. Warner Brothers is now looking at one of two Argentine directors, Andrés Muschietti (Mama and It) and Damián Szifron (Wild Tales), to possibly step into the vacancy Liman leaves.

In the comics, the Justice League Dark deals with more supernatural threats that Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, et al. are unequipped to deal with. They first appeared in comics in 2011, and the group has included many characters, but the film incarnation is supposed to focus on John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Zatanna, and Etrigan the Demon. Although no casting news has been made, if you need a taste of the universe, there is an animated direct-to-video version that was released earlier this year starring Matt Ryan as John Constantine, Jason O’Mara as Batman, Camilla Luddington as Zatanna, Nicholas Turturro as Deadman, and Ray Chase as Etrigan.

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