‘Justice League Dark’ Director Frontrunners Revealed

By November 20, 2015

More and more, it looks like the previously-dead Justice League Dark may be coming back to life. While it lost Guillermo del Toro as a director, the filmmaker still provided a script for the project, as well as suggestions for the main cast. It’s clear that Warner Bros. has a tone and style for the film in mind though, and while we still don’t know if the studio plans on adding Dark to their Cinematic Universe, the addition of producer Scott Rudin behind-the-scenes, could help to move the project along faster.

This week has been busy with Justice League Dark rumors too, with actors like Colin Farrell, Ewan McGregor, Ron Perlman, and Monica Belucci, all named as possible additions to the film’s main team, as well as the recent rumor pointing towards Ben Mendelsohn’s as the film’s villain, Anton Arcane – the film has the potential to be one of the most interesting superhero movies ever made. If, ya know, it does get made.

According to a new report from Joblo recently too, it looks like the studio may have three names in mind to take over at the helm and replace del Toro as the film’s director. The report states that while WB was more-than-happy with the film’s initial script, and let down by del Toro’s reluctance to direct because of scheduling and casting conflicts, the studio is reportedly looking at Big Bad Wolves directors Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado and filmmaker Fede Alvarez, who directed the recent Evil Dead film remake, as possible replacements.

The site also claims that the film is still being called Dark Universe instead of the more popular title of Justice League Dark, but there’s no word yet on what the final title would be, and it’s possible Warner Bros. is looking to prevent any confusion between the film and the more mainstream Justice League franchise. It sounds like WB is looking to keep the budget on the film reasonably small compared to their other projects too, and the report says that the studio is hoping to begin production on the project in early 2016.

Personally, I like both of these choices. Big Bad Wolves was an interesting film, and it makes me think that the duo of Keshales & Papushado could bring a unique tone and aesthetic to the film, much like how long-time horror director Scott Derrickson likely will to Marvel’s Doctor Strange. As someone who surprisingly liked the Evil Dead remake as well, I think Alvarez could bring the same kind of cocky and tone-heavy feel that del Toro would have, and he’d be my top choice out of the three as the director.

Maybe the biggest reason that I hope everything works out with the project though, is because of the diversity that it would bring not only to DC’s current superhero lineup, but also to the genre in general. After years of very similar outings from all of the different studios, it looks like Marvel and DC in specific are looking to change things up right about now, and I couldn’t be happier about it.

Justice League Dark is currently in development.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable