It seems like poor Justice League Dark can’t get much of a break. For about five years or so it’s been in development, and it’s slipped through the fingers of such filmmakers as Guillermo del Toro and Doug Liman, who both left to take on other projects that were actually happening.
Just last week, we had our first glimmer of hope. We heard that Warner Bros. had narrowed it down to two directors to helm: Daniel Espinosa and Gerard Johnstone. Neither of those filmmakers are necessarily at the top of Hollywood’s most wanted list, but they were interesting choices for a project that had the potential based on its unique nature. However, it sounds like nothing is panning out for this movie.
According to Variety film reporter Justin Kroll, the project has had yet another setback. He states that the studio is going back to working on the script after they were given presentations by the directors. Sadly, the execs were underwhelmed, and are having to go back yet again. Assuming the earlier rumors regarding Espinosa and Johnstone were true, we can probably cross them off from the list of the potential directors for now, as the studio was apparently unimpressed with whatever they were offering (again, assuming they were presenting).
As disappointing as this is, we can’t say we’re in a huge rush to see this. Between the news regarding the Joker origin film and the Batman standalone film, it’s very hard to understand what the state is of DC projects at Warner Bros. Perhaps after Justice League rolls out we’ll be able to have a better idea of the DCEU, the non-DCEU films, and where something like Justice League Dark may fall.
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SOURCE: Justin Kroll