Variety reports that DC and Warner Brothers have agreed terms with Doug Liman to direct the upcoming ensemble blockbuster Justice League Dark. The production will be an adaptation of Dark Universe, as it brings together a host of the fringe players. Allowing Warner Bros to expand on the DC franchise, but without heavyweight characters like Superman and Batman.
But it is not only the man behind the camera who has jumped on board the project. Michael Gilio has been hired to work on the script, with Scott Rudin to produce. This will be the start of a tangential storyline, embarking on creating the new DC Cinematic Universe.
The Weirder The Better For Liman
Speaking with IGN, Liman outlined how he was head-hunted by the studio to create something a little left of center for the franchise.
"I mean, first of all. I love those characters. And I love Warner Brothers, and I love (producer) Scott Rudin, and it’s — and you know, I get asked to come in and do things that are 'unconventional,'" explained the director. "If people want conventional, they don’t come to me. It’s why doing Invisible was like right up my alley. Because how can you be conventional when there aren’t even conventions that exist? And so you know when Warner Brothers wants to sort of turn the comic book genre on its head, they call me."
JLD To Feature A Fresh John Constantine and Friends
The cast of characters for the weird and freaky Justice League Dark will focus on John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna and Etrigan the Demon. Liman will be playing with house money. Providing him the license to start his own journey with these DC icons. Which, we'd agree, is an enticing prospect in the wake of disappointments like Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman.
Liman's history with Edge of Tomorrow, the Bourne franchise, Swingers, Go and Jumper make him a wanted man. Deviating from convention and creating something fresh for the audience is his calling card. And the director is not shy about his abilities or prospects for future films.
If he can nail a new ensemble DC installment, he can virtually write his own check for anything to follow.