Doug Liman is no longer attached to direct Channing Tatum in 20th Century Fox's Gambit solo movie. Instead of re-introducing the Marvel character, Liman has defected to DC and will now helm the long-gestating Justice League Dark.
Liman's exit doesn't come as a huge surprise as earlier this month Gambit producer Simon Kinberg announced the movie was still a way off, and Liman's name wasn't mentioned. Factor in the filmmaker's new commitments to YA trilogy Chaos Walking, and finding time to direct Gambit was already looking unlikely. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the decision was an amicable one and the studio is still planning to start production in January. They better get their skates on and find a new director super(hero) fast.
While Gambit losing another director might not be that shocking, what is massively surprising is that DC has revived its plans for Justice League Dark. Guillermo del Toro spent years developing the project that features the likes of Swamp Thing, John Constantine, Deadman, Zatanna and Etrigan the Demon. Ultimately, del Toro left to work on other things leaving Justice League Dark in limbo, and it became a low-priority for Warner Bros. Thankfully, the project is back on track even though it remains unclear when production might commence.
The DC Extended Universe has divided fans and critics; the resurrection of 'Dark Universe' might be a bid to keep audiences interested and offer something different than Marvel. The two untitled DC releases slated for October 5, 2018, and November 1, 2019, were believed to be filled by a solo Batman and a Man of Steel sequel. However, now that Justice League Dark (or Dark Universe) is back on the table it could be the case that Warner Bros add another date in the calendar.
While I have my fair share of issues with Man of Steel, Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, I still want to believe that the new iteration of DC's heroes can deliver a worthy movie.