Variety reporter Justin Kroll has revealed Warner Bros. is headed back to work on the script for Justice League Dark after executives were left underwhelmed by recent pitches from potential directors.
The project has long been in development, going back as far as 2012 with Guillermo del Toro at the helm. Del Toro had left the project to work on Crimson Peak and the sequel to Pacific Rim leading to the studio ushering in Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow) but in May, Justice League Dark went into limbo when Liman dropped out of the project due to scheduling conflicts and moved on to develop Chaos Walking over at Lionsgate.
It remains unclear how many directors left the executives at Warner Bros. disappointed by the pitches for the film but one that was reportedly in the mix was Andy Muschietti, the director behind Mama and the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s IT.
Justice League Dark is being produced by Scott Rudin. The project has been previously 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 Extended Universe, however, given recent developments, its possible this could join the Joker origin film under DC’s new unnamed banner that will produce films outside of the current DCEU. The plot is expected to focus on the team members from the comics including John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna, and Etrigan the Demon.
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.
Source: Justin Kroll