If there’s one Fox property that seems to constantly be getting the shaft, it’s Gambit. It’s gone through a couple directors, a delayed release, and rumors of losing its lead Channing Tatum (which proved to be false). But if you thought that would be the end of its problems, you’d be wrong.
In a report from THR, the outlet states that Gambit has officially lost director Doug Liman, who took on the project October 2015 after Rupert Wyatt dropped out. Without a doubt, the delay in release likely played a big role in this. It’s never a good sign when a film’s release date disappears, and it’s even worse when it doesn’t show up in a different spot down the line.
But it’s not all, Variety near-simultaneously published that Liman has signed on to direct Dark Universe, a.k.a. Justice League Dark (the outlet also backs up claims from THR that Liman and Fox mutually parted ways).
Justice League Dark is a property that filmmakers have been trying to crack for some time. Most notably, fan favorite director Guillermo del Toro spent years developing the project, but eventually dropped it to focus on Pacific Rim 2, a film that he also dropped some time later.
Justice League Dark follows a group of characters in the DC Universe that fall more into the fantastical or horrific realm of things — characters like Constantine, Swamp Thing, Zatanna, Deadman, and Etrigan the Demon.
Warner Bros. had no comment on the subject, but if this is true, it certainly opens up a whole new world of questions. Will these supernatural heroes exist in the same world as Justice League, or is it its own separate world? Given Warner Bros.’ tendency to separate out their worlds (the DCEU vs. the Arrow-verse on TV, for example), I wouldn’t be too surprised if it was its own things. Either way, it’s very exciting for DC fans.
What do you think? Are you excited to see Doug Liman take on a Justice League Dark movie? Are you sad that the Gambit flick can’t seem to gain any momentum? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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