DC's Justice League Dark Movie Will Have "Real Horror Elements," Director Says
"I'm never going to do something that's straightforward."
A live-action movie of DC's supernatural superhero team-up Justice League Dark has been in the works for several years, but it looks to be moving closer. Director Doug Liman has been attached to the project since last year, and he has now spoken about the movie.
In an interview with Collider to promote his new film The Wall, Liman, who also directed The Bourne Identity and Edge of Tomorrow, explained that his take on the superhero genre would stand apart from other films in the genre. "I have a really amazing take on it, that is in keeping with my approach to superheroes," he said. "Jason Bourne is a superhero, of sorts. Aaron Taylor-Johnson and John Cena, in The Wall, are superheroes. They're very grounded, but the amount of training and stuff that soldiers bring to the field, they're like Iron Man.
"So, I'm really excited, with Justice League Dark, to actually look at what it's like if I actually tackle a real superhero. [However], it's not gonna look that different from my other superheroes."
Justice League Dark comprises more supernatural members of the DC Universe, such as John Constantine, Madame Xanadu, Swamp Thing, and Deadman. In a separate interview with Cinema Blend, Liman explained that his film would have "real horror elements."
"I love early horror films, be it The Exorcist, or Carrie, The Omen," he said. "In the same way that for Bourne Identity, I went back to '70s paranoia. I'm never going to do something that's straightforward, but I'm not going to do something campy either. I have a take on it that isn't like anything else out there. At the end of the day, I make character-driven movies."
Although Justice League Dark currently has no confirmed release date or cast attached, Liman's comments suggest that DC is very much moving forward with it. At one stage the movie was rumored to be going under the title Dark Universe, but it is unknown if this is still case. An animated version of the property was also released earlier this year.
Liman was previously set to direct Gambit for DC--however delays on that movie meant that he left the project. Gambit is set to star Channing Tatum, but it still has no confirmed production start date.