Director Doug Liman Reveals The Horror Films That Will Inspire Justice League Dark
In an interview with CinemaBlend, Justice League Dark director, Doug Liman shared his inspiration for the supernatural team up film.
"It's going to have real horror elements, for sure. I love early horror films, be it The Exorcist, or Carrie, The Omen. In the same way that Bourne Identity, I went back to the '70s paranoia. There's stuff to be mined from the people who have come before me that I'm planning to bring to Justice League Dark."
Guillermo Del Toro was originally planned to direct Justice League Dark after developing the film for years but dropped out to make Pacific Rim 2. After Del Toro departed the project, Warner Bros. found a replacement in Swingers, and Edge of Tomorrow director, Doug Liman.
Liman was actually slated to direct a Gambit film for FOX until he ultimately dropped out due to production complications. He stepped in for Del Toro last summer.
Compared to Del Toro, Liman is relatively inexperienced in the horror genre. But Liman noted how modern superhero movies are drifting away from straight "action" in favor of more unique takes on different genres.
He drew a comparison to how Captain America: The Winter Soldier borrows from '70s thrillers for inspiration. We have been seeing more of this lately as Spider-Man: Homecoming emulates John Hughes' comedies of the 1980s and how Logan adopted a modern take on the western genre.
Liman noted how Deadpool pushed the arena forward in this regard. He continued, "I'm never going to do something that's straightforward, but I'm not going to do something campy either. I have a take on it that isn't like anything else out there. At the end of the day I make character driven movies."
Justice League Dark, or Dark Universe as it may be titled to avoid confusion with DC's flagship heroes, is about a group of supernatural heroes that lean more into the magical/occult realm. The group consists of John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Zatanna, Deadman and Etrigan the Demon.
"For John Constantine, we have an amazing set-up for him for Justice League Dark that's really human," said Liman.
Somewhat paradoxically, Liman talked about wanting to make a small blockbuster.
"I think people will be surprised how character driven and how intimate Justice League Dark is in kind of a field of bloated comic book movies. We've found a way to do something that's actually really personal and small, and that's my goal."
Details surrounding Justice League Dark are still very scarce as the film is still in development. Liman's next project is the just announced Edge of Tomorrow sequel, Live Die Repeat and Repeat. Check back with us for any updates regarding Justice League Dark.