Warner Bros/DC Films’ Justice League Dark has had one of the most confusing journeys in to theaters in recent memory.
Originally intended as a project for Guillermo del Toro to direct, for unknown reasons those plans were abandoned, and it morphed into a cartoon (It’s worth mentioning that how the situation unfolded–minus the animation–is vaguely similar to how he was treated by Legendary Pictures, where he was set to direct the sequel to Pacific Rim before that project passed to Steven DeKnight–Spartacus, Marvel’s Daredevil–with Del Toro remaining as a producer, which is the case with Justice League Dark as well).
At the time that made no sense to me, and how the situation has evolved hasn’t made things any clearer, especially when you consider that Del Toro is indisputably one of the best directors of the weird and fantastic, so why he would move on from a project he originally seem very intent on helming feels a bit odd.
And things only get weirder because today Comic Book Resources reported that Doug Liman, who was originally in line to direct Gambit for 20th Century Fox (a troubled production that won’t see the light of day any time soon) has turned up at the helm of Justice League Dark.
Yeah, I’m confused too because this latest turn of event literally makes no sense that I can see.
First off, why did Del Toro leave the production in the first place. Then, why was the live action movie seemingly abandoned for an animated one.
And if things weren’t messy enough, how has the project returned, in a feat worthy of John Constantine himself, under Doug Liman?
And that’s not to imply criticism of Liman because he’s a really talented director but it feels to me that Guillermo del Toro is being treated a bit shabbily.