If you were holding out hope that Warner Bros. and director Tarsem (THE CELL) would smoothe over their disagreement regarding CONSTANTINE (based on the DC comic) and things would begin to move ahead nicely, now might be a good time to give up hope. Both sides filed lawsuits in Los Angeles Superior Court regarding the disputes that led to Tarsem leaving the project in January of this year. The WB is claiming that the director "failed to live up to the terms" of his contract and breached said contract when he quit. Tarsem and his production company claim the studio never allowed him to do what he was hired to do in the first place and "usurped his creative rights" which are guaranteed by the Director's Guild of America. Looks like things could get ugly. Note to directors developing a comic book film property: Stay away from Nicolas Cage. He's comic-movie pre-production poison. First GHOST RIDER, then CONSTANTINE...what's next?