As trouble continues to plague Warner Bros. and its DC franchise, the studio has decided to take action. Jon Berg and Geoff Johns set to co-run DC Films, a newly created company, in an effort to get their feature superheroes back on track. The news comes after some financial success with Batman V. Superman, but a brutal reception from critics, with many citing the lack of a unified vision overseeing the DC feature world.
Johns is the DC chief content officer who shepherded the comics reinvention on television, particularly Greg Berlanti’s universe that includes Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl. He is penned DC’s upcoming Rebirth on the publishing side. He will continue to work with DC in his current capacity, adding his new job in film to his workload. He will report to DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson. Johns is also co-writing the next standalone Batman film with star Ben Affleck.
Berg was already working on the upcoming DC films Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, and Justice League. He will report to Silverman. Berg and Johns will be producers on the Justice League films.
Even with the change at the top, reports say the studio still intends to remain filmmaker-driven. The change is just one of many expected at the executive level at Warner Bros., and may include some new hires at the senior level.
On the creative side, changes behind the camera on DC projects have become increasingly common. Affleck was made and executive producer on Justice League (and anything else Batman), while writer Seth Grahame-Smith dropped out of helming The Flash and director Michelle MacLaren exited Wonder Woman. The studio is also putting a lot of pressure on Suicide Squad and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn to help course-correct the films, though the forthcoming summer release required reshoots and some third act adjustments – further fueling speculation of more trouble ahead for Warner’s already besieged DC universe.
Emily J | Staff Writer