When Guillermo del Toro left the long-gestating live-action ‘Justice League Dark‘ a couple years back we were all surprised that Doug Liman plopped down in the director’s chair. Now he’s sharing how he plans on making the film. Honestly, his choices for inspiration not only are giving me hope for the film but makes me kind of wish that Universal had gone the same route with their upcoming horror movie reboots. Liman has had some amazing action films on his resume, but horror has never been up there, and now at the very least he is using some classics for inspiration.
Here are the type of films he is going for which has a lot of the atmospheric elements that could make a comic themed horror film work:
“It’s going to have real horror elements, for sure. I love early horror films, be it The Exorcist, or Carrie, The Omen. In the same way that Bourne Identity, I went back to the ’70s paranoia. There’s stuff to be mined from the people who have come before me that I’m planning to bring to Justice League Dark. And also the arena, my good friend Simon Kinberg, with Deadpool really pushed the arena. I’m never going to do something that’s straightforward, but I’m not going to do something campy either. I have a take on it that isn’t like anything else out there. At the end of the day, I make character driven movies.”
As we’re seeing some of the classics redone as more action than horror thanks to Universal not appearing to understand their target audiences, it is refreshing that DC and Warner Brothers, of all places, seem to have the right idea. Now, their ability to deliver upon it is still completely in the air. We’ve all seen fan and critic reactions to DC’s first films and while I’m hoping ‘Wonder Woman’ puts them on the right track, which still remains to be seen.
Are you looking forward to ‘Justice League Dark’ having more of a horror feel to it? Do you think that Doug Liman will be able to deliver the scares while keeping the film grounded in the already established DCEU? Share your thoughts below!
Source: Cinema Blend
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