‘Justice League Dark’: Doug Liman Teases His “Unconventional” Approach

     October 28, 2016

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Back in August, we reported that director Doug Liman had signed on to direct Warner Bros.’ Justice League Dark. The film had been swimming in development hell for a little while, but perhaps finally spurred by the success of Suicide Squad, the studio wants another team of superhero oddballs. For those who are unfamiliar with Justice League Dark, they tackle the more supernatural elements of the DC Universe and the team originally included John Constantine, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Shade, the Changing Man, and Zatanna.

We were able to get Liman to talk a little bit about his plans for Edge of Tomorrow 2, and IGN got him on record talking about Justice League Dark. When asked if he was excited to get to work on the comic book movie, Liman replied:

Yeah, I mean first of all, I love those characters, and I love Warner Bros., and I love [producer] Scott Rudin, and it’s — and you know, I get asked to come in and do things that are “unconventional.” If people want conventional, they don’t come to me. It’s why doing Invisible was like right up my alley — because how can you be conventional when there aren’t even conventions that exist? And so you know when Warner Bros. wants to sort of turn the comic book genre on its head, they call me.

Liman went on to say that part of what appeals to him about doing a comic book movie is the chance to take on the genre in way that no one has attempted it before. “I haven’t done a comic book film, and that’s — am I going to do it in a new way that’s unlike what anyone else has ever done,” said Liman, “and come up with a couple of rules for myself of what we’re not going to do that other people do.”

For all of its many, many flaws, Suicide Squad showed that Warner Bros. was at least willing to try something a little different with its superhero movies, and perhaps that film can serve as a learning experience for the studio on how to approach Justice League Dark.

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