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CBMB: Warner Bros Makes it Official and Shakes Up The DC Films Executive Slate

By Muuka Muyumba

Batman v Superman

Executive vice president Jon Berg and DC Comics Chief Creative Office Geoff Johns will co-run DC Films, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This news comes on the heels of reports that Oscar-winning writer and producer Ben Affleck is taking a much more involved producer role on Justice League, and also confirms the previously speculated turmoil inside Warner Bros in the wake of disappointing returns and critical dislike of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

According to THR, Warner Bros “…is making changes to the way it handles its DC Entertainment-centered films, giving oversight of the feature projects to a pair of executives and creating a dedicated division for the films. Current exec vp Jon Berg and Geoff Johns, DC’s CCO who successfully launched the comics label’s foray into television, will co-run DC Films, according to multiple sources. Warner Bros. declined to comment.”

As many pundits have observed before and after the run of BvS, DC Films has lacked one voice to guide their films ala Kevin Feige at Marvel Studios. The problem was that there aren’t too many figures like Feige in the world, in that he is not only a comic book nerd, but also a highly effective movie producer with 20 years of experience. DC Films is taking two figures to do the job of one Feige.

Most fanboys will likely cheer that Johns is in a power position because of his comic book cred, and reports have him extremely involved on reshoots, and in post-production on Suicide Squad.

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Berg is a bit more of an unknown entity with that crowd though he has Oscar-level credentials with his involvement on Affleck’s Argo. No matter what happens, DC Films’ move will certainly reassure some that they are on the right path.

Recent reports have DC Films branching out in ways that didn’t seem possible based on BvS director’s view of the classic heroes and villains. Last week a report emerged that DC TV maven Greg Berlanti was actively working up a version of Booster Gold, and today reports emerged that Margot Robbie is bringing her own writer on a Harley Quinn solo project. Both projects will likely have much less serious tones than BvS, or even Man of Steel for that matter.

What this report ultimately reveals is that DC Films made a serious misstep in trying to hitch its wagon to Zack Snyder. Snyder ushered in a new franchise with Man of Steel which was unevenly received, but moderately successful, which caused Warner Bros Studios president Kevin Tsujihara to believe that Snyder was the right director to bust open their DC Entertainment catalog with the $300-million BvS. The new reality is that a likely $2-billion-dollar film has now been eclipsed by Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War in just 11 days, and Marvel Studios now sits at $10 billion dollars over their 8 years of existence. That’s a $6 billion return for Disney who bought Marvel back in 2009.

Warners is attempting to leverage their wholly-owned DC Entertainment properties for a similar return. However, DC Films has sputtered bringing about executive changes beyond Berg and Johns, while no creative changes at this point to active projects as Warners looks to remain a “filmmaker-driven” franchise. Despite this stance, creative difference eventually drove Seth Grahame-Smith from The Flash a few weeks ago.

Currently, DC Films has the hotly-anticipated Suicide Squad set for August 2016, has wrapped on Wonder Woman slated for July 2017, currently under production on Justice League for late 2017.