Justice League Dark, Warner Bros.’ promised supernatural take on the Justice League, has lost Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman. Variety reports that Liman stepped down to focus on the upcoming sci-fi film Chaos Walking. Liman is the latest director to walk away from a DC Extended Universe project, but Warner Bros. is already looking for replacements.
Justice League Dark, also known by the title Dark Universe (sorry, Universal), is a superhero team-up movie that focuses on DC’s supernatural heroes, with characters like John Constantine, Zatanna, and Deadman expected to join the lineup. Liman left Fox’s Gambit to direct the film last year, replacing Guillermo del Toro at the helm after the Pacific Rim director left the project in 2015.
Of course, Liman already has a very full plate. In addition to Chaos Walking, which recently got the greenlight and stars Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley, he’s promoting his upcoming Iraq war movie The Wall and working on the follow-up to 2014’s Edge of Tomorrow, titled Live Die Repeat and Repeat.
Liman’s departure comes at a tough time for DC movies. Justice League director and DCEU architect Zack Snyder announced earlier this week that he was stepping down from the film due to a family tragedy. Avengers and Batgirl solo film director Joss Whedon was tapped to ferry the project through post-production. Meanwhile, DC films are no stranger to lost directors. The Flash, starring Ezra Miller in the title role, has gone through two directors to date, having lost both Seth Grahame-Smith and Rick Famuyiwa. TheWrap reports that Warner Bros. is in talks with a number of directors to replace Liman, including It’s Andy Muschietti. Hopefully things stick this time.