Warner Bros. to Shake Up DC Films in Wake of Justice League

Friday, 08 Dec, 2017

Here's the official word from Toby Emmerich, president of Warner Bros.

WB's parent company, Time Warner, is said to have supported the moves as the corporate leaders are unhappy with the financial performance of Justice League (current box office at $572 million), which hada budget of around $300 million. Pictures, will leave his post at the studio to become a producer with filmmaker Roy Lee, who has produced successful movies for the studio including "It" and "The Lego Movie".

Geoff Johns is expected to stay on as DC Entertainment's chief creative officer, with it said Johns' role going forward "may evolve, and could be more advisory in nature". Jon Berg and Geoff Johns were tapped to co-run DC Films.

Variety reports that veteran producer Jon Berg, who past year was appointed alongside DC Entertainment's Geoff Johns to supervise the slate of films based on DC Comics properties, will step aside, and instead work as a production partner of Roy Lee (The LEGO Movie). This would mean that the cinematic side of the DCEU would be housed under the same division as the rest of the studios' films, and DC would no longer have a separate building on the Warner Bros. lot.

As was previously reported, Berg spent the better part of a year on the set of director Zack Snyder's Justice League to keep an eye on increasing production costs.

"This is something that Jon approached me about six months ago, and he expressed his goal was to ultimately be a producer at the studio", said Emmerich in a statement. Warner Bros. reportedly believes that there is only one redeeming quality of Justice League: the introduction of the Flash (Ezra Miller) and Aquaman (Jason Momoa) to the silver screen.

Meanwhile, as for the DC films themselves, it's safe to say we'll see Ben Affleck playing Batman at least once more in the planned Flashpoint movie, but Variety confirms the Internet scuttlebutt that Matt Reeves is looking to recast the role for his upcoming standalone film. The trade also said that executives were concerned with the choice of doing a CGI Steppenwolf as the villain. So while Snyder maintains a production deal with the studio as he develops The Last Photograph, I wouldn't necessarily expect him to return to the DCEU anytime soon.