This is some sad times for fans of the DCEU. With the news of Synder’s daughter, the entire comic book community, apart from the trolls and haters, are all in mourning and sending our best wishes to the Synder family. #WeAreWithYouZackSynder It has just been revealed that Doug Liman has left the Justice League Dark project, which would mean we have to wait a while longer before we get to see live adaptations of the mystical side of the DC Universe and consequentially the Dark Universe that Warner Bros. hopes to set up in the DCEU.
The good news is that inside sources are revealing that the reason behind Liman leaving the project is due to scheduling issues. Liman is currently attached to helm Chaos Walking, a film under Lionsgate, that only recently been given the green-light. While it is unfortunate the Liman is unable to direct Justice League Dark – especially since his recent movies have garnered very positive reception, sources have told Variety that the search for a new director has already begun. Sources say the studio has already started meeting with other directors and should have a replacement for Liman lined up shortly.
The Dark Universe is important for the DCEU given how popular characters like Zatanna, Swamp Thing and Constatine are, which is precisely why Warner Bros. is actively trying to push for this film. A popular fancast for Zatanna is the Baywatch and Percy Jackson star Alexandra Daddario and Colin Farrell for John Constantine. It has been confirmed that this Dark Universe will play a significant role in shaping the DC Extended Universe. Given the tone Warner Bros. is taking with the DCEU, a Dark Universe will definitely do great in it – especially since it has been reported that the upcoming 2018 Aquaman film is going to be more horror-esque, something exciting to look forward to.
Scott Rudin is still on board as a producer for the film while Michael Gilio is writing the script. So it is likely we don’t have to wait too long for the film! Let’s hope for an early 2019 or maybe even for a (more impossible) 2018 release.