Joseph Kahn's unused Justice League Dark designs bring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Natalie Dormer into DC universe

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Dec 18, 2017, 10:43 AM EST

The DC Extended Universe could be broken down into three categories: critically mixed, outliers, and false starts. Justice League and Batman v Superman fall into the first, Wonder Woman falls into the second, and Justice League Dark (among others) arrives in the final slot.

Just like that Flash standalone movie, directors keep exiting the project for one reason or another. Both Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water) and Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow) were both attached at one point, but bowed out to focus on other projects. Then reports of rewrites began to make their way online.

According to music video director Joseph Kahn, he pitched a version of the movie to Warner Bros. in 2015, which was ultimately rejected.

Kahn, who has worked with a multitude of well-known musical artists, released a bunch of his Justice League Dark designs on Twitter, some of which incorporate his dream casting at the time, like Chiwetel Ejiofor, Natalie Dormer, and Dan Stevens as John Constantine, Zatanna, and Jason Blood. There are also designs for Deadman and Swamp Thing. Kahn also released Swamp Thing test footage last summer to demonstrate that fireflies were constantly "orbiting" around the character.

Justice League Dark is the DC's supernatural variation on the mainstream Justice League. This offshoot of the main team deals with more otherwordly threats because their powers are more equipped to handle such threats. Zatanna is a powerful spellcaster, Deadman is a perished trapeze acrobat trapped on earth, and Jason Blood (created by Jack Kirby, we might add) is a human bound with a demon from Hell.

If DC plays its cards right, this could be its answer to Marvel's Sorcerer Supreme in Doctor Strange, but even more gonzo. 

An animated movie about the team was released last winter by Warner Bros. Animation. 

Warner Bros. did not immediately respond to SYFY WIRE's request for comment on Kahn's rejected pitch.