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Which Classic Horror Movies inspired the new Justice League film?

While the release of the latest live action Justice League film is still months away, we cannot help but get excited about it hitting the theatres. Warner Bros. are set to unleash a whole new take on the Justice League group’s adventures – from delving deeper into each character’s past lives to bringing certain forgotten characters into the limelight for the first time. This latest release is set to be very different in comparison to the other recent DC films as well as the Justice League Dark film which was released by Warner Bros. Animation earlier this year.

However, it should be noted that the animated movie isn’t the only project we’ll be seeing come out of the DC “Dark Universe”. Another project has been underway for quite some time, with director Guillermo del Toro writing a first draft of the script some years ago before passing the project onto Doug Liman, director of Edge of Tomorrow and The Bourne Identity. This live action film Liman tells us is in fact widely influenced by classic horror movies. Liman tells excited fans …

“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 for 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.”

It is evident that Liman is showcasing his expertise when it comes to combining several influences in his projects and looking forwards at how it will be received by those who watch it. His mention of 1970’s paranoia thrillers can be linked back to the fact that Anthony and Joe Russo looked at the same sort of era when making Captain America : The Winter Soldier. This hints that his direction might be along the same lines, although the characters appearing in this film imply that he may be taking it in a completely different direction. The presence of Swamp Thing, Madame Xanadu, John Constatine and Deadman indicate that this Justice League film might lean towards a more supernatural tone, unlike any of the other recent DC films we’ve seen. At the very least, we can take away that this film is going to be very different to the other live action DC films we have seen being produced in the last few years, which comes as a welcome relief to some fans.

In the meantime, Warner Bros. has made it very clear that the Justice League film due for release in November will also be unique in its own way and not follow Marvel’s cookie-cutter approach to making superhero films a success. The studio hopes that their renewed approach to making DC films will rival, if not out- do, the success of Marvel’s Avengers. If the latest full-length trailer was anything to go by, we are sure to not be left disappointed. It is no secret that other DC movies have not been very well received, which means that the next Justice League may very well offer us a turning point in storytelling that we have been looking for.

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  1. SteelScissorsInYourSkull

    I very much enjoyed the J.M. DeMatteis scripted animated version of Justice League Dark. He’s the one who defined the original Defenders, a group of supernatural based characters facing supernatural threats. JLD was the same thing only with interchangeable DC characters instead. My sole complaint was that The Spectre never showed up.


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