Another of Warner Bros. post Wonder Woman & Justice League films has lost its guiding hand. Doug Liman has stepped away from Warner Bros.’ Dark Universe/Justice League Dark, a film that has long been talked about & worked on at the studio, because of a schedule issue, according to Variety.
Directing Lionsgate’s Chaos Walking is the reason for the departure as it’s shooting schedule conflicts with the Dark Universe production timeline.
Featuring magical characters from the DC Universe like John Constantine, Zatanna, Deadman, Swamp Thing and others, the film has been in the works for years at the studio, even before some of the current films they are working on were even a thought, and was even shelved at one point. Liman wasn’t the first director attached to the film as originally this was a project for Guillermo del Toro before he stepped away from the project.
Interestingly enough this is not the first comic book film that Liman has stepped away from. Previously he left Fox’s Gambit, the second director to leave the stalled project, because of reported issues with the script and a choice to direct Amazon’s The Wall instead.
Reportedly a new director is already being looked for to replace Liman. Though one has to wonder if the film’s name will change now that Universal has grabbed Dark Universe as the name of their shared monster universe.
Currently this is the third of the DCEU films that has lost directors.
The Flash lost writer/director Seth Grahame-Smith, who was replaced by Rick Famuyiwa who then left himself a few months later but hasn’t been replaced yet. The Batman on the other hand lost Ben Affleck as director, but he’s still starring in the film, but quickly replaced him with War for the Planet of the Apes‘ Matt Reeves.