This is one of those weeks where it's kind of tough to tell where DC Films is heading. We've had reports of a Joker origin story (unrelated to the DC Extended Universe), a Joker and Harley Quinn movie that may displace Gotham City Sirens, and word that The Batman may not even be in the DCEU at all anymore. If you're a little exhausted by all of this, you're not alone.
At the moment, all we really know for sure beyond the upcoming releases of Justice League and Aquaman is that DC is developing a lot of different films at a lot of different stages. There's the Wonder Woman sequel, Flashpoint, Green Lantern Corps, Shazam! and, of course, Justice League Dark, the superteam movie that would unite various supernatural characters like John Constantine, Zatanna, and Swamp Thing.
Once upon a time the project was set to be helmed by Guillermo del Toro, but he bowed out in 2015 to focus on other projects amid some studio shuffling. Director Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow) was recently tapped as del Toro's replacement, but he left the project in May to focus on the upcoming adaptation of Chaos Walking. That left Justice League Dark in the hunt for a new director, but now Warner Bros. is apparently doing a bit more than that.
We don't have much to go on, but Variety's Justin Kroll tweeted this update on the project Wednesday evening:
This hasn't been confirmed by Warner Bros. at this point, but it would seem that all the directors who lined up to take Liman's place failed to deliver a convincing take on the project. So, rather than scrapping it altogether, Warner Bros. is looking to revitalize things with a rewrite. It's unclear just how deep that rewrite will go, or what the timetable is at this point, but at the very least it's clear that the studio isn't ready to give up on Justice League Dark. That said, we may be waiting quite some time to see any more progress.
So, another DC Films project is back to the drawing board. Maybe this time Justice League Dark will finally emerge ready to make it to the screen.