[insert sound of head banging desk here]
In a move that has never, ever proved to be a total cock-up in the past, honest, Variety has announced that executives at Warner Bros are to take a greater role in shaping the DC Extended Universe, starting with the upcoming Justice League: Part One. Yep, it seems that the very critical reactions and plunging receipts from Batman v Superman have got the suits collective attention.
Variety had this to say regarding the decisions in Time-Warner’s boardroom:
“I’m told production exec Jon Berg and and Time-Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes are taking more of a hands-on approach now, paying closer attention to overarching story concerns…”
Reporter Kris Tapley goes on to say that he feels a central figure with great experience of DC comics is needed, someone analogous to Kevin Feige at Marvel Studios. However, there has been no mention of such an appointment at Warner, leaving us with the worrying possibility that studio execs are intending to intervene and make what changes they feel are warranted in a misguided attempt to claw in as much of The Almighty $ as possible.
So the future could be one of brainless, Transformers-level explosion-fests filled with gratuitous semi-nudity as execs insult their audience’s intelligence and pursue a lowest common denominator approach at the expense of good storytelling. Or they could appoint someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of DC canon to oversee the show themselves with minimal outside supervision, a la Kevin Feige. Unfortunately, I know where my money would be. The studio boardroom getting involved in the creative process is something that has only ever led to bad things.
Here’s hoping that they don’t balls up Suicide Squad first…
Source: Heroic Hollywood