When Warner Bros. signed Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow, Swingers) to direct Justice League Dark, we were excited and pleasantly surprised. He left Fox’s Gambit film which seems to had been doomed from the start and jumped to Warner Bros. DC Extended Universe and we may have a clue which direction it’s going.
Justice League Dark was similar to Gambit in a sense due to it’s constant struggles to get off the ground. It went through about as many directors and writers as well as fluctuating budgets galore. The story involves some of DC’s more obscure and supernatural characters in what is becomes more of a fantasy film than a superhero film.
His comments to IGN reassure the different direction of his DC film;
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.
His work on Edge of Tomorrow went vastly unnoticed until the film came out on home video where we got to witness one of the best sci-fi films of the last few years. The narrative was unique and against the grain as Liman claims he prefers to do while still being cohesive storytelling. Liman’s talents have led him to get into the sci-fi genre even further with news of his next project Unearthed.
The YA novel is described as “Lara Croft meets Indiana Jones in space” which can’t help, but make fans salivate just a little bit. There are two books in the series detailing two humans who tomb raid on a newly discovered planet in hopes of saving the human race. With that description, Liman may just be the new hot ticket for sci-fi adventures.
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