The Justice League Dark film, officially entitled Dark Universe, has been in development hell for years. However, things seem to be moving along nicely. Guillermo del Toro is no longer directing, though he’s still producing, so Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Edge of Tomorrow director, Doug Liman, has taken the helm. Talking to IGN, Liman spoke on his excitement for the project. He also briefly teased the direction he wants to go in. His plans? To subvert the genre in a manner not yet seen.
“…even if I wanted to be a little bit more conventional, like, the system doesn’t want me to be. 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.”
What this means exactly remains to be seen. Because Dark Universe is based on the occult side of the DC Universe, it has to be different than any other film in the genre. Characters like Zatanna and Swamp Thing will take great effort to tackle on the big screen. Though it can work and we’re eagerly awaiting to hear more details of how.
While we wait for the big screen version of Justice League Dark, an animated film is set to arrive on home video soon. The animated feature will star John Constantine himself, Matt Ryan, Camilla Luddington as Zatanna, Nicholas Turturro as Deadman, Ray Chase as Etrigan the Demon and Jason O’Mara’s Batman. In other Hellblazing news, NBC’s cancelled Constantine series just hit Blu-ray/DVD earlier this month.