Talk about changes! The DCEU is changing seemingly every other day right now with no clear plan as to what films are to follow which films in Warner Bros. and DC Comics ever expanding, and ever changing, cinematic universe.
News over the last few weeks has been plentiful from the studios: rumours continue to circle about Ben Affleck’s future as Batman in the next film, to be directed by Matt Reeves; an origin Joker story is in the works with Martin Scorsese set to produce and Todd Phillips (War Dogs) to direct; Jaume Collet-Serra is helming Suicide Squad 2, which is set to be “fast-tracked” into production; and a Joker/Harley Quinn film is in the offing from Whiskey Tango Foxtrot directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. Phew.
Now it seems the alternate Justice League film, Justice League Dark, is still going ahead with news from Variety that a new writer is being brought on to “polish” the existing script. Gerald Johnstone, the writer of 2014’s Housebound, has been brought in to do the script work and whose name was linked with helming the film previously. Doug Liman (American Made) was attached to direct but he bowed out earlier this year but no word has yet been given on any potential replacements for the director’s chair.
For those unfamiliar, Justice League Dark (aka Dark Universe) sees the team ensemble of John Constantine, Deadman, Zatanna, Etrigan the Demon and Swamp Thing.
The next film in the DCEU is the eagerly-anticipated Justice League, directed by Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon (who directed the reshoots), and stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, J.K. Simmons, Jesse Eisenberg, Ciaran Hinds, Willem Dafoe, Amber Heard, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, Kiersey Clemons, Billy Crudup and Amy Adams, and is released on November 17th.