DC’s long-gestating Justice League Dark movie has taken another step towards becoming an actual movie after hiring Gerard Johnstone to complete a ‘script polish’.
As Deadline reports, Johnstone was one of the potential directors in the running to take the helm of the darker take on DC's heroes, following Doug Liman's departure from the film to direct Lionsgate's upcoming sci-fi adaptation Chaos Walking.
While there’s no director in place yet, DC were reportedly impressed enough with Johnstone's presentation and his work on the 2014 film Housebound that they’ve asked him to punch up the script – it’s interesting to note that he’s just polishing an existing script rather than completing a full rewrite.
Justice League Dark, as the title suggests, focuses on DC’s darker villains and anti-heroes such as Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna and Etrigan the Demon and the movie has been in development since 2012.
Crimson Peak director Guillermo del Toro was developing the concept.He turned in a version of the script back in 2014 but later left the project. The current version of the film was penned by Michael Gilio but Warner Bros. were reportedly "underwhelmed" by potential directors.