Love it or like it, there’s no denying Marvel’s big-screen strategy works. So, in the wake of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. has decided to make some changes to its approach to comic book properties.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. has formed a new DC Films umbrella, which will be managed by DC’s Geoff Johns and studio executive VP Jon Berg. The duo will be “given oversight” of the studio’s shared universe, in an effort to seemingly attempt to replicate what Marvel has done by having Kevin Feige serve as a shot-caller for the MCU.
Johns will obviously bring a ton of comic know-how to the table (and he’s also been a key part of The CW’s successful DC universe), while Berg is already deeply involved in DC projects like Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman, so it seems a natural fit. According to the report, the critical backlash from Batman v Superman was the “flashpoint” for the changes, which isn’t much of a shock. To that end, Vulture reports Johns is touting "hope and optimism" as part of the course correction for the DC film world.
The shakeup comes as part of a larger shift at Warner Bros., as the studio is now focusing on “genre streams” for executives, as they essentially hyper-focus a team to focus on different types and genres of movies. Put simply: The goal is to put executives who understand these franchises in direct control of their fates, as opposed to a board room of VPs making decisions about a broad group of projects.
Back to the DC properties, this change comes at a precarious time for the franchise. Reports keep ringing out that Warner Bros. has some reservations about Zack Snyder’s vision, while Ben Affleck was recently upgraded to a producer on Justice League. Not to mention the fact that would-be director Seth Grahame-Smith exited The Flash project citing creative differences.
It’ll definitely be interesting to see where things go in the coming years. Here’s hoping Suicide Squad can at least stop the bleeding.
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)