While comic book fans have despaired of the dark-darker-darkest approach Warner Bros. has taken with the DC Cinematic Universe, that doesn’t mean every DC superhero should be filled with sunshine and bright colors. Suicide Squad may have been a disappointment, but there were still moments when the pulpy extravagance of the comic book series and the hyper-realism of the Warner Bros. approach seemed to go nicely hand-in-hand. That is the hope behind Justice League Dark, the mashup of some of DC’s more horrific and undead superheroes.
Looks like it’s back to the drawing board for Justice League Dark, as the movie has just lost its director. Doug Liman was set to direct the superhero movie which will launch DC’s Dark Universe, and was also excited about the level of freedom he’d get from Warner Bros., but ultimately he had to step down as director due to that all-powerful scourge of Hollywood: the scheduling conflict.
With Doug Liman recently signing on to helm Guillermo del Toro’s long-developing Dark Universe project, it shouldn’t be much longer now before supernatural forces invade the live-action DC movie universe. Until then, the animated DCU is a step ahead with Justice League Dark, unveiling the first official trailer for their latest R-rated feature — hopefully it’ll be a bit less controversial than The Killing Joke.