It’s little secret that the DC Extended Universe, the Warner Bros-owned comic company’s attempt at a rival to the mighty Marvel Cinematic Universe, is struggling. Whilst its three existing movies – 2013’s ‘Man of Steel,’ and 2016’s ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’ and ‘Suicide Squad’ – all performed well at the box office, none of them have won over audiences or critics the way Marvel have. This means that, at present, the only DC movie lined up for release in 2018 is ‘Aquaman.’ However, it has emerged that the studio are contemplating filling the gap left by ‘The Batman’ by accelerating the development process on one of their planned films.
Director Doug Liman has spoken briefly about his upcoming project ‘Dark Universe’ (otherwise known as ‘Justice League Dark’), and while he doesn’t reveal much, he seems sure it won’t be your average comic book yarn. As the title might suggest, ‘Dark Universe’ centres on an alliance of the more macabre heroes of the DC comics pantheon, including John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Zatanna and Deadman.
Looks like Doug Liman is trading one long in-development superhero movie for another. Variety broke the news that the director – whose credits include ‘Edge of Tomorrow,’ ‘Mr and Mrs Smith’ and ‘The Bourne Identity’ – will now take the helm on the film which was initially set to be directed by Guillermo del Toro, who worked on the first draft of the screenplay. As the title suggests, ‘Dark Universe’ will centre on a selection of the more macabre heroes from the DC pantheon, including John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Zatanna and Deadman.