The DCEU Gives Creative Control to New Executives in Response to Batman v Superman

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 - 10:03AM
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Wednesday, 18 May 2016 - 10:03AM
The DCEU Gives Creative Control to New Executives in Response to Batman v Superman
After the tepid box office and vicious critical reception of Batman v Superman, many fans criticized Warner Bros. for apparently failing to course correct, especially since Zack Snyder was still in charge of Justice League. Now, it seems that they are making a real effort to fix their mistakes, as they have given creative control to DC's content chief officer Geoff Johns and Warner Bros. executive VP Jon Berg. Together, they will essentially serve as DC's Kevin Feige.

Originally, Zack Snyder seemed to have the default controlling position of the DCEU, as he directed Man of Steel in addition to Batman v Superman and the upcoming Justice League movie. But after Man of Steel was heavily criticized and Batman v Superman was mostly hated and failed to hit a billion dollars at the box office, fans started to blame Snyder for the DCEU's lack of success, even starting petitions calling for his removal from Justice League

At first, DC released statements that reiterated their faith in Snyder, but then the tides seemingly started to change. The DCEU started to double down on the most successful aspect of BvS, Ben Affleck's Batman, and gave Affleck and Johns complete creative control over the Batman solo movie. Then, Affleck was promoted to executive producer on Justice League, supposedly to "support" Snyder. Now, according to THR, DC has centralized power by making Berg and Johns the reins to "co-run the newly created DC Films." THR also reports that this is a direct response to Batman v Superman, and while there is no mention of Snyder being taken off of any projects, Johns and Berg will become executive producers of Justice League as part of their new roles. 

Honestly, regardless of how much of a role Snyder will play in the future of the DCEU, it's a relief that DC is finally giving their cinematic universe a unified creative vision, which is part of why the MCU has worked so well. They needed a Kevin Feige or two, and Johns and Berg seem more than up to the task. Johns obviously has the comics cred going for him, and was instrumental in helping launch DC's wildly successful television universe, and Berg has not only been involved with the DCEU for some time, he is a frequent collaborator with Ben Affleck, having worked on Argo and the upcoming crime thriller Live by Night, which Affleck both directs and stars in.
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