Justice League Dark is quickly joining the majority of the DCEU films as it continues to have problems keeping a director on board. Originally known as Dark Universe, the film – which focuses on the various magic users of the DC Universe like John Constantine, Zatanna, Deadman, and Swamp Thing, to name a few– was in the hands of Guillermo del Toro, before his other commitments caused him to drop the directing gig, though he remained on the film for a time as producer before the plans for the DC Extended Universe began to come together after Man of Steel.
Soon enough Doug Liman jumped on board the film, which had changed its name officially to Justice League Dark, allowing the Universal Monster shared cinematic universe to adopt the Dark Universe brand for their developing world. Doug Liman recently teased a sequel to Edge of Tomorrow titled Live Die Repeat and Repeat that was supposed to happen after JLD, but maybe things started moving quicker as Liman has also dropped out of the film. We learned shortly after that Andy Muschietti – the director behind the upcoming IT remake – was next on Warner Bros. list for directors, but it seems like they are looking in an altogether different direction.
Recent rumors have stated that the newest directorial candidate is Damián Szifron, who hasn’t quite made a big splash domestically yet, though his Argentinian film Wild Tales was an Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Film. He was also tapped to direct the $6 Billion Dollar Man film, though that film hasn’t moved forward. The rumor began on an episode of Meet the Movie Press, so Szifron could really just be one name among many as DC Films hunts down the next ex-director of the film.
Justice League Dark was previously released as an animated original movie, which brought in Matt Ryan to voice the character of John Constantine, a reprisal of his role from the short-lived live-action series on NBC. There hasn’t been any word on cast possibilities for the film, though most fans have voiced their hope to see Matt Ryan back in the role of DC’s resident magical con man.
We can expect more news to drop this summer at the San Diego Comic-Con, so be sure to check back to GEEK for more coverage.
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