Justice League Dark has lost another director, with Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow, Jumper) announcing that he is dropping out of the project due to scheduling conflicts with his dystopian film Chaos Walking for Lionsgate, which was officially given the greenlight earlier this month, making him the second to do so after Guillermo del Toro exited the film in 2015. This will also be the second comic book film Liman has dropped out of: he stepped away from Fox’s Gambit film last August. This is just the latest in a series of unfortunate developments for the DCEU, following the issues they’ve been having locking down a director for The Flash and Zack Snyder stepping away from Justice League to grieve the death of his daughter.
But the studio is apparently taking it all in stride and is already on the hunt for Liman’s replacement, with word that they’re eyeing IT director Andrés Muschietti for the job, according to THR‘s Borys Kit via a series of tweets yesterday.
In the corresponding article, Kit reveals that the studio is looking at other directors, but Muschietti is at the top of their list. The Argentine filmmaker also helmed the 2013 supernatural horror film Mama, which coincidentally, Guillermo del Toro executive produced, so he has the right talent sentiments to craft a film like this. It’s unknown if Joss Whedon taking over for Snyder will necessitate him being involved with Justice League Dark or not, but either way it seems that the studio is not letting their recent setbacks deter them in the slightest.