After many months of no news and speculation that the project may be on ice, Variety reports the director Doug Liman has signed on to direct Warner Bros.’ Dark Universe movie, aka Justice League Dark.
Liman is no stranger to comic book adaptations having brought us 2014’s Edge of Tomorrow (based on the graphic novel All You Need is Kill) and he has long been attached to 20th Century Fox’s Gambit film (The Hollywood Reporter brings word that he has now officially left that project).
Fan-favorite director Guillermo del Toro fanned the flames of Justice League Dark for a long time despite no official announcement about the project ever being made. Rumors previously pointed toward Hellboy himself, Ron Perlman, as playing Swamp Thing, with Colin Farrell and Ewan McGregor reportedly in the mix for John Constantine, and another rumor also gained traction saying Rogue One: A Star Wars Story villain Ben Mendelsohn was being eyed for the film’s primary villain, Anton Arcane.
No official release date or screenwriter for the film has ever been announced, but Warner Bros. has previously set release dates for Untitled DC movies on October 5, 2018 and November 1, 2019.
The Justice League Dark made their debut when DC Comics began The New 52 publishing initiative in 2011. A paranormal-leaning super team, the group featured the likes of John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Zatanna, Frankenstein, Deadman, Madame Xanadu, and The Phantom Stranger among its ranks.