The DC Cinematic universe has had some troubles in recent months, such as: Tom Hardy leaving Suicide Squad; Michelle MacLaren leaving Wonder Woman; a mixed reaction to the Batman V Superman trailer; and a very negative reaction to the released image of Jared Leto as the Joker.
However, in a recent article by the Hollywood reporter, things may be just as bad behind the scenes.
According to the article, there is “Grumbling among talent reps… especially in response to the studio’s strategy of hiring five writers to compete for a job on Wonder Woman, which has a June 2017 release date. On Aquaman, set for 2018, sources say Warners commissioned scripts from three writers, one of whom followed the studio’s direction only to be told the rules governing the universe had changed and his work no longer was usable. Another writer has been on hold for the film for months as the studio works to define its vision. “They just haven’t been thorough about their whole world and how each character fits and how to get the most out of each writer’s time by giving them direction,” says a rep with knowledge of the process. ‘Obviously, Marvel’s very good at that.’”
On top of all of this, there are reports that there is a power vacuum that both Geoff Johns and Zack Snyder are trying to fill. This seems like a chaotic way to run a cinematic universe. However, we will be able to see if this creative process will pay off next year, with the release of Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad.