After years in development, a live-action film based on "Justice League Dark" finally got the official go-ahead from Warner Bros. back in August. While the film -- which will feature DC's supernatural superheroes like Swqmp Thing, Zatanna, Deadman and more -- won't be directed by Guillermo del Toro, the "Pacific Rim" helmer is still attached as a producer. Instead, the film alternately known as "Dark Universe" will be directed by "Bourne Identity" and "Edge of Tomorrow" director Doug Liman.
While speaking with IGN director Doug Liman stated that his goal when it comes to "Dark Universe" is the same as the one he has with all of his films.
"It’s like how do you fundamentally reinvent what people are doing? And that’s the good and the bad news of this sort of box I’ve been put in. I mean, you’d think it was by design, but it wasn’t. It is exactly what I should be doing, but I’m just so grateful that -- you know sometimes I’m working on a project and I pitch an idea that’s too conventional, and the producers will say back to me 'That’s not Doug Liman enough.' Which is like a weird thing, because I’m like 'Well that -- it was my idea! How can you say it’s not me?' And they’re like 'No, because when we think of you, we think of like, you know -- that just seems too ordinary.'"
The horror-leaning "Dark Universe" will see Liman step into a new genre, and even a new genre within the superhero genre. Liman promises he won't treat the superhero film like anyone else has. "But since I do treat every project as a form of a film school, 'OK I haven’t done that genre and how am I going to do it and how am I going to do it in a way that no one’s done it before,' so that’s, you know, I haven’t done a comic book film, and that’s -- am I going to do it in a new way that’s unlike what anyone else has ever done, and come up with a couple of rules for myself of what we’re not going to do that other people do."
Liman went on to explain how with "Bourne Identity," he resisted having a "woman in jeopardy" in the third act, even though that was expected of pretty much every action movie at the time. Liman makes rules for himself, and that's the same for "Dark Universe." "So I have some rules like that for myself for 'Dark Universe,'" said Liman.
But this isn't Liman's first brush with superheroes; the director was previously attached to Fox's "Gambit" feature film, which is being spearheaded by star Channing Tatum. Liman left the project to take on "Justice League Dark" back in August.