Warner Brothers may already have their primary line-up of DC comic book movies mapped out until 2020, but we’ve known for a while now that there are a handful of other movies in development that could be added to the schedule at any time. In particular, Ben Affleck is working on a Batman solo movie and a Lobo movie continues to be in the mix as well. Perhaps the most intriguing project of all, however, has been the Dark Universe movie based on the supernatural team known as Justice League Dark. Guillermo del Toro was once attached to the project until he was forced to drop out due to other commitments. Now this week we are hearing that they have found a new director for the movie: Doug Liman. Hit the jump for more details.
According to Variety, Doug Liman has signed on to direct Dark Universe for Warner Brothers featuring a superhero team that includes John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna and Etrigan the Demon. Last year we had heard rumours that Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado (Big Bad Wolves) and Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead) were on the shortlist of possibilities to direct, but apparently they have opted for someone with a little more experience. Michael Gilio (Carter Beats the Devil) is on board to pen the script, although it is unclear if any of Del Toro’s previous work will be retained.
Although it originally seemed like Warner Brothers wanted a director that would embrace the horror elements of this property, this seems to be evidence that they are going down a more standard action route. Liman has a pretty solid action movie resume that Edge of Tomorrow, The Bourne Identity, and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. This would be his first comic book movie, however; he was previously attached to direct Gambit for Fox but has now left the project. Do you think Doug Liman is a good choice to direct a Justice League Dark movie?