Brain Trust For DC’s Cinematic Universe Revealed, Charles Roven Discusses the Future of DC’s Films

Thursday, 05 November 2015 - 6:49PM
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Thursday, 05 November 2015 - 6:49PM
Brain Trust For DC’s Cinematic Universe Revealed, Charles Roven Discusses the Future of DC’s Films
It's no secret that Marvel has had some sort of 'Brain Trust' (headed first and foremost by Kevin Feige) that's been put in charge of coming up with ideas and directing the future concerning Marvel's Cinematic Universe. It's been suspected for some time that the DCEU may have their own version of this brain trust as well, and thanks to an interview that Collider did with Charles Roven, it's finally been confirmed.

Speaking of this 'Brain Trust,' Roven had the following to say:

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I think also very much involved in that brain trust is John Berg, who is the executive vice president at Warner Bros. I would say the Snyders, myself, John Berg, and Geoff Johns would be sort of that Brain Trust… I'm working with great people. They're all really great people.
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It's not surprising to hear that these are the members of the DCEU's 'Brain Trust.' Zack and Deborah Snyder have been involved with basically every DCEU film that's been produced or is currently in production and Geoff Johns is DC's Chief Creative Officer - a role that puts him right in the midst of DC's affairs concerning comic book TV show and movie adaptions. Charles Roven's involvement in the process has also been apparent since the DCEU was announced, so John Berg is really the only group member that hasn't necessarily been in the spotlight as of yet.

Of course it's great to hear it reaffirmed that Zack Snyder and Geoff Johns are going have their hand in the creation of this expansive cinematic universe. While Zack's work as a director has been divisive in the past, there's no questioning that he knows how to do action and that he knows his comic books - every adaption he's ever made is littered with direct parallels and scenes inspired by the source material.

Likewise, Geoff Johns became the legend he is today by reinventing characters for a modern audience. Many newer comic fans may not remember the days when Green Lantern was essentially a B list character; he really owes his current popularity to the years of work Johns put in to him. Geoff has also remade and repopularized Shazam and Aquaman, both of which will have their own solo films in the near future. He's written Batman Earth One, a modern retelling (with some additional twists) of the Batman mythos, and has been the author of the Justice League comic series for over 4 years now. It's safe to say that Johns is most definitely the guy every comic fan wants to be involved with the decision making in regards to the DCEU.

Roven also talked for a bit in his interview about the future of DC's films, but he mostly just confirmed what most fans already suspected. The films will be interconnected, each will feature the same actors playing the same characters in the same continuities, and they will be totally consistent throughout the series of movies. Some will be sequels, some may be prequels (as the Wonder Woman film is rumored to be), but each will fit in with the continuity in a cohesive way.

With just 140 days left till Batman v Superman premieres, there's more hype than ever before for the DCEU. Batman v Superman could potentially be the movie that decides that fate for the rest of Warner Bros. planned DC releases, so there's a lot hanging on it's success. Yet with a Brain Trust like this one, and with Academy Award winning screenwriter Chris Terrio crafting the screenplay, there's a lot of reasons to be extremely excited and hopeful.
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