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Doug Liman departs DC’s ‘Dark Universe’ movie

24th May 2017 | by | No Comments

As the director of one of the best action movies of the last decade or so – Edge of Tomorrow – it’s no surprise that Doug Liman is pretty in demand as a possible director of superhero movies. But at present, it’s not entirely certain if he’ll ever get around to doing one.

Having already departed Gambit – you know, that film that we’ve been insisting for about two years is literally never going to happen – Liman is now being reported by Variety as having dropped out of the DCEU’s Dark Universe movie as well. Sources cite his schedule, with his commitment to Chaos Walking getting in the way.

To be honest, we’d practically forgotten that Dark Universe was even still a going concern, or that Liman was still attached. The film is intended to be based on Justice League Dark – a New 52 series that united various DC supernatural characters such as John Constantine, Deadman, Zatanna and Madame Xanadu. The book ran for 40 issues from 2011 until 2015. Guillermo del Toro, he of also “not often actually turning out to direct the films he’s attached to”, was the first director initially tapped to make it.

With the constant pivots that the DCEU has been undergoing of late, we’d be surprised if this did actually make it to the screen at some point – although that said, we’d also not be too surprised to see another director announcement before long. As for Liman – well, it’d be nice to see him do a superhero flick, but we’re just as keen to see the Edge of Tomorrow sequel, so let’s hope nothing gets in the way of that.

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