Liman Explains “Justice League Dark” Appeal

Last year filmmaker Doug Liman swapped one long in development superhero project for another – ditching Fox’s “X-Men” spin-off “Gambit” in favour of Warner Brothers’ supernatural ensemble piece “Justice League Dark”.

The DC Comics adaptation doesn’t have a release date yet, but work on the project is reportedly set to get underway sooner rather than later, in fact sometime in the next few weeks it would seem.

In a new interview with Cinema Blend, Liman shared his take on the movie and why he’s focusing on these characters:

“I think people will be surprised how character driven and how intimate Justice League Dark is — in kind of a field of bloated comic book movies. We’ve found a way to do something that’s actually really personal and small, and that’s my goal.

The Wall is about character. The scenario allows me to dive into what I think is… I just love people! I love putting people in crazy situations. For John Constantine, we have an amazing set-up for him for Justice League Dark that’s really human.

It’s going to have real horror elements, for sure. I love early horror films, be it The Exorcist, or Carrie, The Omen. In the same way that Bourne Identity, I went back to ’70s paranoia.

There’s stuff to be mined from the people who have come before me that I’m planning to bring to Justice League Dark. And also the arena, my good friend Simon Kinberg, with Deadpool really pushed the arena.

I’m never going to do something that’s straightforward, but I’m not going to do something campy either. I have a take on it that isn’t like anything else out there. At the end of the day, I make character driven movies.”

The story reportedly begins with a series of ancient tomes being stolen by a madman hell-bent on humanity’s end. Due to this, occult detective John Constantine seeks out a group of heroes that specialize in the mystic and arcane in order to save the world including Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna, Etrigan the Demon and potentially Madama Xanadu. Michael Gilio is writing the script for the project which Scott Rudin producing.