Recently, Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow, The Bourne Identity, Mr & Mrs Smith), the director of Dark Universe, the working title for the Justice League Dark film, has been talking about how the movie will “turn the comic book genre on its head”. The film was initially set to be written and directed by Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy), but the way Liman talks about his version of the film it still seems like it could be something to enjoy (which, in my opinion, is a quality the current DC films are lacking).
From what Liman has said about the film, it seems like it will carry over the weirdness that Del Toro’s script heavily employed. In an interview with IGN, Liman stated:
“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.”
When asked if the main goal for Dark Universe was to make it “unconventional”, he explained the main reason for why he believes that Warner Bros hired him in the first place:
“Yeah. It’s like how do you fundamentally reinvent what people are doing? And that’s the good and the bad news of this sort of box I’ve been put in. I mean, you’d think it was by design, but it wasn’t. It is exactly what I should be doing, but I’m just so grateful that — you know sometimes I’m working on a project and I pitch an idea that’s too conventional, and the producers will say back to me ‘That’s not Doug Liman enough.’ Which is like a weird thing, because I’m like ‘Well that — it was my idea! How can you say it’s not me?’ And they’re like ‘No, because when we think of you, we think of like, you know — that just seems too ordinary.’
“So even if I wanted to be a little bit more conventional, like, the system doesn’t want me to be. But since I do treat every project as a form of a film school, ‘OK I haven’t done that genre and how am I going to do it and how am I going to do it in a way that no one’s done it before,’ so that’s, you know, 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, and come up with a couple of rules for myself of what we’re not going to do that other people do.”
I’m sure Liman will end up doing excellent things for Dark Universe and its characters, and I’m really excited to see what those things will be, and how “unconventional” it turns out in the end.
In recent times the most “unconventional” comic book movie is MARVEL’s Doctor Strange film starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme. The film seems to be different from other MARVEL films visually-wise, and it looks as if that was a good decision, as the film has been receiving great feedback worldwide.
At the time of writing, it has a Rotten Tomatoes Score of 94%, so good job MARVEL.
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