Although never officially on the Warner Bros./DC Entertainment slate of films for release, there’s been a lot of time, effort and energy invested in trying to make Justice League Dark happen. The team-up of many of DC Comics supernatural and magical heroes has an obvious appeal, but then again so does The Flash, and both projects have seemed to have similar trouble in holding down a director. Many have wonder if Warners/DC might now turn to It director Andy Muschietti to finally realize JL Dark, but there may be another, more surprising, name at top of mind for the studio.
And it is Damián Szifron! Wait, who? Yes, you might not be aware of who he is unless you’re a fan of Argentine cinema and TV, but Szifron’s anthology film, Wild Tales, was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar in 2015, and won several film festival awards, and the BAFTA for Best Foreign Language Film. In other words, he’s on the cusp of an American movie industry breakthrough, but it’s worth noting that his next project is a Spanish-language film being made in his home country. For the record, Szifron’s name comes from a recent episode of Meet the Movie Press, co-hosted by The Tracking Board editor-in-chief Jeff Sneider, so this might be a flight of someone’s fancy, or a real name on the studio’s wish list.
The most recent director on Justice League Dark, Doug Liman, departed the production last week when he got the green light on his passion project Chaos Walking starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley; Liman succeeded Guillermo del Toro in August 2016, after del Toro spent almost four years working on the project. There’s never been an official release date or expected start time for the film, but it is meant to be part of the DC Extended Universe introduced in Man of Steel and continued on into Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and the upcoming Wonder Woman, Justice League and Aquaman.
Obviously, we’ll have more information on Justice League Dark as it becomes available.