Doug Liman on Why He Walked Away from Justice League Dark
Written By: Nick Poulimenakos
Warner Bros. and DC announced a brand new (and totally incredible) slate of films for their DC Extended Universe. This include Wonder Woman 2, The Flash: Flashpoint, and, in a slightly surprising move, Justice League Dark.
The reason why I call it surprising is because the film is without a director. More specifically, two directors, as Guillermo Del Toro initially boarded the project before departing, which lead to The Bourne Identity’s Doug Liman to be brought in. However, Liman also left the project and now, he’s giving reasons as to why. In an interview with Cinemablend, Liman explains that, while working on the film, it never got to a place where he felt comfortable going along with it.
“You know, I develop more movies than I make. There’s a weed-out process, and it’s just that when you get to the comic book one, suddenly everybody hears about them. So, the script never got to a place that was special enough for me. Not for lack of trying.”
In other words, it looks like Justice League Dark never made it out of the development stage and Liman decided it was time to move on. This isn’t the first time that the DCEU is dealing with problems like this as The Flash solo film has also gone through two directors. The film has now been given the Flashpoint subtitle but, much like JLD, is stuck in a constant state of mystery.
The Justice League Dark is superhero team from the DC mythos and is intended to be a darker take on the traditional Justice League. The team features several supernatural DC heroes/anti-heroes such as John Constantine, Zatanna, Deadman, Swamp Thing etc. When the actual Justice League team can’t handle the more supernatural threats, JLD is called in to save the day. The film is intended to be their big silver screen debut.
The fact that DC included the film on their current DCEU slate shows that the company still has faith in the project and wants to introduce viewers to the more fantastical side of the shared universe. Given the popularity surrounding the JLD characters, it’s entirely possible that the film will go off without a hitch. And in case you can’t wait, the animated Justice League Dark film is out now and is a real fun ride.
Justice League flies into theatres on November 17, 2017.