Variety reports Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow) has officially dropped out of the Justice League Dark project which is currently in development at Warner Bros., citing schedule-related conflicts as the reason for his exit.
DC fans will have to endure a longer wait to see the supernatural characters team up on the silver screen but sources tell the trade that the studio has already begun to meet with new directors for the project. The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit has revealed that one of the directors being eyed is Andy Muschietti, the director behind Mama and the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s IT.
While the Justice League Dark film has been described as smaller and a more intimate character-driven piece than other superhero films, it is said to play a major role in the DC universe. The plot is expected to focus on the team members from the comics including John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna, and Etrigan the Demon. Scott Rudin is producing the film for Warner Bros. with Michael Gilio penning the script.
Rumors that a Justice League Dark film was in development first swirled in 2012 with Guillermo del Toro developing the project. Del Toro later confirmed that he was indeed working on the film with the working title Dark Universe but in 2015 he left the project to work onCrimson Peak and the sequel to Pacific Rim.
Liman joined Dark in 2016 but the director will now move on to develop Chaos Walking which was recently greenlit by Lionsgate.
Justice League Dark does not currently have a release date. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on Justice League Dark as we learn it.