– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Justice League Dark — believe it or not — is still a movie that’s supposedly happening. For those unfamiliar, this is a team of of superheroes who skew more towards the horror side of things. Some notable members inclue Constantine, Frankenstein, and Swamp Thing.

This is a movie that’s been in the works for around five solid years. For the longest time, fan favorite helmer Guillermo del Toro was attached to the movie, and in 2015, he unceremoniously dropped out of said project. In his place was Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman, but it didn’t take long for him to hop off in order to focus on the adaptation of the YA novel Chaos Walking. Now, it sounds like Warner Bros. may actually be closer to zeroing in on a director for the film. According to YouTuber Grace Randolph, who runs the channel Beyond the Trailer, they have two helmers in their crosshairs: one traditional and one risky.

The “traditional” director in question is Daniel Espinosa, who took on the films Safe House and Life, both of which starred Ryan Reynolds. While Espinosa hasn’t had a huge “hit” on his hands, he’s proven to be a competent director who can do great work with the money he’s given. The riskier choice between these two is the unknown entity that is Gerard Johnstone. Johnstone has taken on some television work, but he’s perhaps best known (if you can argue that) for his horror-comedy Housebound. While I’ve never heard of him, apparently Peter Jackson was a fan of that film, and Randolph points to Jackson as another filmmaker whose horror background made him an unlikely choice for a big film franchise.

The good news here is that both filmmakers have dealt in the horror genre in one way or another. Justice League Dark is a franchise that is steeped in the world of the horrific and supernatural, and either of these two would likely fit the bill pretty well. Like Randolph, I think I have to agree that Johnstone would be the more interesting choice. After having a peek at the trailer for Housebound, I really enjoy the unique flavor he brings to it.

What do you think? Which of these two would you like to see take on Justice League Dark? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Grace Randolph


Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.