It was known at the time that the DC Slate was announced that Writer/Director Guillermo Del Toro was writing a story treatment for a Justice League Dark film called Dark Universe, which would bring back John Constantine and Swamp Thing to the big screen as well as introduce for the first time characters such as Zatanna, Deadman and Etrigan the Demon into the DC Extended Universe. But scheduling conflicts forced the studio to shelve the project for a while in the hopes that Guillermo Del Toro will still be involved in the project.
Now it seems like waiting on the film has been worth it as Variety has broken the news that Doug Liman is set to direct the film Dark Universe, with Michael Gilio writing the script. Guillermo Del Toro is still involved with the film as Producer, along with Scott Rudin. I would assume that the draft that Guillermo Del Toro had submitted to the studio will still be used as a reference point.
Doug Liman is no stranger to the action and special effects world of film-making as he has directed hits such as The Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, as well as special effects fueled films such as Edge of Tomorrow and Jumper.
It’s also being said that Dark Universe will play a huge role in the DC Extended Universe. Considering how well Suicide Squad is doing at the box office and the fact it is the first film in the DC Extended Universe to feature magic or the supernatural, I wouldn’t be surprised if this breaks down the wall to the magical side in a much bigger way.
When Justice League Dark was announced to be getting an animate film some felt it was a sign that the live action film was no longer being made. However, those who understand how Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment works also know that lesser known properties are often given animated films first before getting their own live action films, so audiences have something to watch and familiarize themselves with before the live action film is made. Examples of these are Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice being announced shortly after The Dark Knight Returns was released and Suicide Squad being announced right after Batman: Assault on Arkham was released.
It is important to note that Variety is a very reliable site who have never been wrong, but Warner Bros. have yet to comment, so until they do this is not a full on confirmation, only Warner Bros. can confirm this announcement. Also The Warp, another news site with a good track record with stories has backed up the claim by Variety with their own source. Michael Uslan, the Executive Producer of all the Batman films as well as Shazam, also shared The Wrap news on his Facebook, adding more credence to the story.
Doug Liman will direct “Justice League Dark” for DC Entertainment and Warner Bros., an individual with knowledge of the…
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