It looks like DC/Warners have taken the criticisms of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice to heart and are shaking things up.
With Man of Steel, BvS and Suicide Squad in the can, and with Justice League filming, the company is looking to make fundamental changes in the way things have been done so far.
The change, for all that, may well be a good one.
DC chief content officer Geoff Johns, who played a big part in getting the DC TV Universe off the ground properly, along with and WB EVP Jon Berg are now running DC Films.
This means that DC Films is now a standalone part of WB.
Reports are that this by no means means that DC want to follow the Marvel tone and template with the two being the DC version of Kevin Feige.
The plan is still to be director driven, and “Johns and Berg, who will still report to their respective superiors within Warner Bros as they attend to their other duties, will be providing guidance and structure to the task of building out the DCEU.
Individual directors will therefore retain control over key decisions including casting, aesthetics, and certain story elements.”
This is great news as Johns is a comic writer and is steeped in the DC Lore. We also know he’s working on the Batman movie with Ben affleck, who in turn is working with Snyder on Justice League, so there’s a real cohesion and fluidity being established.
Speaking about the move, Johns, who will be stepping back form comic writing for the foreseeable future, said that he aims to make DC movies stand as symbols of “hope and optimism” – something many fans have felt was missing so far: “I think people make a mistake when they say, ‘Superman’s not relateable because he’s so powerful,’” Johns says.
“I’m like, ‘Are you kidding me? He’s a farmboy from Kansas who moves to the city and just wants to do the best he can with what he’s got.’ That’s the most relatable character in the world.
“There’s a lot of emotional underpinning of the characters and the stories. It’s not that people take it for granted. They’re just not as aware of it. But when it’s not there, you really feel that emptiness.”
So a brighter future for the DC movies? Personally, I thought this was hinted at in Bruce’s dialogue at the end of Batman V Superman, so I believe this isn’t totally out of the blue. Either way, DC ARE listening to the fans.