Warner Bros. Responds to ‘Batman v Superman’ Disappointment, Changes DC Executive Roles

By May 17, 2016

Whether you liked it or not, Warner Bros. had everything riding on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and whether the critical reception to the film affected their plans or not, the incredibly disappointing box office total of the film, which Captain America: Civil War beat in just three weekends, had to. It would be almost impossible for the studio not to reexamine their plans.

Following the departure of director Seth Grahame-Smith from The Flash,  as well as giving full creative control over the solo Batman movie to Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns, it looks like Warner Bros. may finally be doing what they should have done all along.

THR is reporting that the studio is going to completely change the way they’ve been handling their DC films moving forward now, including creating an entire DC division in their projects, bring DC Chief Creative Officer, Geoff Johns, and executive producer Jim Berg on to run it, essentially assuming the roles that Kevin Feige has over at Marvel and the MCU. At least, that’s what it sounds like. This means that both Johns and Berg will also produce and watch over the upcoming Justice League films as well.

Johns, fans will already know, transitioned from the comics and helped to shepherd in the ascension of the entire DC TV Universe, including the success of shows like Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl, which fans may not give him enough credit for if I’m being honest. Johns is reportedly not leaving DC with this though, but is instead adding film to his portfolio now and will still report to DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson.

Meanwhile, Berg was already working on BvS, Justice League, Wonder Woman, and Suicide Squad, but has also acted as the conduit between Ben Affleck and the DCCU after working with the director and writer on Argo and Affleck’s new crime thriller, Live by Night.

While the report states that the DC films will still try to remain filmmaker driven, the studio is hoping that having Johns and Berg on at the helm, an experienced producer alongside a comic book veteran, can bring on a cohesiveness and tone more reminiscent of the MCU, rather than the disappointing and jumbled quality of Batman v Superman. Which at this point, comes as music to my ears.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • leskwyre

    DC would be smart to keep the overall tone in line with the 1989 Batman. Snyder went way too dark and sucked the fun out of his movies. Superman is ok with a darker edge, but not so much that the sky is always black and he keeps getting hit over and over again. Plus he was very inexperienced and reluctant to save anyone that doesn’t have the initials LL. A wise choice is to make a solo Superman film with Christopher Nolan directing, and possibly have a Krypton solo film. Maybe when Superman comes back to life he’ll have a sense of humor this time around.

  • David Johnson

    Saw no where in that were Snyder is OUT??????

  • I truly enjoy Batman vs Superman, it was different and a good change.

    So now we will have fucking comedies full of crappy emotional moments like the Marvel films…

    DC is not perfect but it’s a really darker universe full of good vilains and heroes.

    Thank you Disney non-comic book fanboys !!

  • Does this mean a change of director for Justice League, because until Snyder is replaced these films will all be drab, incoherent messes.