Justice League Dark is the latest property that comic publisher DC is interested in adding to their film-focused Extended Universe, and rumors are flying around like wildfire that seem to indicate that they are pushing to get the film going as quickly as possible. Yesterday brought some casting rumors that might have been more fan-fiction than anything else, but today we’re hearing word from a reliable source that the hunt for a “dark” director is on.
In case you’re unfamiliar, the Justice League Dark, aka JLD, is a team of DC’s more supernatural-oriented heroes, featuring characters like John Constantine, Deadman, Zatanna, and more. They made their comic debut in 2011 as part of the “New 52” initiative. On the film front, Guillermo del Toro had previously been in talks to helm the project, so it was clear that DC was leaning more toward a horror vibe, but it now appears they may dive completely into the genre headfirst, with Fede Alvarez and the directing team of Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado being the top contenders right now, according to JoBlo.
Alvarez is best known for his 2013 sequel/reboot of the Evil Dead series. Evil Dead was a critical and commercial success, but was so bloody it caused Richard Roper to give it one out of four stars and denounce some of the current “gross out” trends of the genre in its entirety. Keshales and Papushado directed the 2013 Israeli film Big Bad Wolves, which Quentin Tarantino hailed as the best film of the year. Much like Evil Dead, it was a success both critically and at the box office; the film is incredibly brutal, with some calling it the most violent film in the history of Israeli cinema.
Nothing is set in stone for this project yet, although it sounds like Warner Bros. would like to start filming early next year. Regardless of who they end up going with, the fact that they’re considering the directors of two of the goriest movies in recent cinema history is going to make it interesting to see how the movie balances that kind of dark horror with the PG-13 rating that Warner Bros. has said they want all of the films in the DC Extended Universe to carry.
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