Doug Liman Parts Ways With Justice League Dark Movie (EXCLUSIVE)

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Fans of the “Dark Universe,” a.k.a. “Justice League Dark,” comics are going to have to wait a bit longer for the film adaptation, as it just lost its director.

Sources tell Variety that director Doug Liman has left the project. Insiders say the reason is schedule-related, as Liman is also attached to direct Lionsgate’s “Chaos Walking,” which recently received a greenlight. Sources say the studio has already started meeting with other directors and should have a replacement for Liman lined up shortly.

Warner Bros., the studio behind the adaptation, had no comment.

While plot details are being kept under wraps, “Dark Universe” revolves around a dark Justice League team that consists of John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna, and Etrigan the Demon. The film will play a major role in the new D.C. Cinematic Universe.

Scott Rudin is producing. Michael Gilio is writing the script.

Constantine was played by Keanu Reeves in a 2005 movie, as well as by Matt Ryan in NBC series “Constantine.” Swamp Thing has also had his own movie, with Dick Durock playing the creature in Wes Craven’s 1982 film.

Del Toro was originally attached to direct, but the project was shelved as the helmer was sidetracked by other projects. Rudin came on board as producer in 2015, giving new life to the property.

Liman’s pic “The Wall” recently bowed in theaters to strong reviews. His next movie, “American Made,” bows this fall and reunites him with Tom Cruise.

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  1. Old Man says:

    the best director for this would be Terry Gilliam

  2. Christiana says:

    Guillermo del Toro with Doug Jones as Deadman, pleeeease!

  3. Divy says:

    I knew this would happen . I only care about the movies that are already in production . Any other announcement means nothing .

  4. Kelsey Renee says:

    The article mentions (and links to the tag for) the “dark universe” in the first sentence, however that’s what Universal is calling their Monster universe (starting with The Mummy & Bride of Frankenstein). Nothing to do with any superheroes, including Justice League Dark. Huge mistake to link the two together just because the word “dark” is in both.

    • Somebody says:

      DC was calling this “Dark Universe” long before Universal made that announcement. It’s surprising that Universal would even be allowed to use the name.

  5. Phillip Ayling says:

    The Warners/D.C. Universe always seems in chaos. It’s more like Washington,D.C. than comic book D.C.

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