While critics haven’t been kind, financially it’s been a great year for DC. Batman v Superman made nearly $900 million at the box office, and Suicide Squad looks set to rack up at least $600 million worldwide. So DC is ramping up with even more movies, and it appears to be dusting off one, Justice League Dark, with Doug Liman, who, uh, was supposed to be making his superhero debut on the Marvel side of the fence with Gambit.
Justice League Dark has a curious history. Following the adventures of John Constantine, Zatanna, Swamp Thing, Deadman, and Jason Blood — a.k.a. Etrigan the Demon — it was originally on tap for Guillermo Del Toro to direct. The movie appeared to have been tucked back into the vault as DC focused on Justice League, both as a team movie and by giving them solo pictures. Likely what changed matters was an obscure comic like Suicide Squad becoming a sizeable hit and the arrival of megaproducer Scott Rudin. Rudin’s arrival is particularly arresting, as he’s one of twelve people to pull off an EGOT, and the only producer to do so.
It’s also interesting, and awkward, since Liman was supposedly going to be working on Gambit next, but that’s off the table, according to the story Variety broke. Liman appears to be getting ready to make Justice League Dark his next movie, as well, which is interesting in its own right. We’ll just have to see where it fits as the DCEU unfolds.