Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow) will not direct the planned upcoming Warner Bros. and DC Comics movie Justice League Dark, according to a report by Variety. Liman left the project due to a scheduling conflict, as he is also currently set to direct the Lionsgate film Chaos Walking.
This is the second comic book movie Liman has departed, the first being Fox’s X-Men spinoff, Gambit, which he was also set to direct. This is also the second director Justice League Dark has lost, as Guillermo Del Toro was originally set to direct. The news of Liman’s departure also comes days after the announcement that Zack and Deborah Snyder are taking a break from their work on the upcoming Justice League due to a family tragedy.
The Justice League Dark team, which originally consisted of John Constantine, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Shade, the Changing Man and Zatanna, made its debut in 2011, under DC Comics’ New 52 publishing initiative. The central premise revolved around the more supernatural members of the DC universe responding to threats that they were better suited for than the traditional Justice League team.
Warner Bros. is reportedly already looking for Liman’s replacement. Michael Gilio is writing the script for Justice League Dark, which has no set release date as of yet.