In a recent interview with Variety, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns, the men in charge to oversee the DC film universe for Warner Bros, talked about the past and the future of the DCEU.
For them, the success of Wonder Woman is because is a movie based on hopeful and optimistic superheroine, someone who is inspirational and aspirational. And it’s something we’ll likely see in future movies of the DCEU, alongside with more female-driven films.
“We’ve got a lot of plans for our female characters just because they’re great characters. There are many wonderful elements to the DC Universe, and one of them is that we have the best female characters, heroes and villains, in the world. No one is going to beat Wonder Woman and Batgirl and Harley Quinn”.
But they also talked about the lessons they’ve learn from previous films that weren’t that successful… coff coff Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad coff coff.
According to Berg, the reason this two movies failed in delivering it’s because the tone and the narrative they had.
“There are lessons from every movie. You would be silly not to analyze how a movie was received — what went right and what went wrong on the making of a movie.
On Suicide Squad the movie did incredibly well commercially. It didn’t work narratively. You had some great casting and some great characterizations, but where the story fell down was on narrative, on plot. We could do better. Batman v. Superman was tonally dark. People didn’t respond to that”.
But Johns wanted to clarify that there’s nothing to change:
“Wonder Woman celebrated exactly who the character is, but looking at it, it’s not like we should change everything to be about hope and optimism. There’s nothing to change. That’s what these characters are”.
They not only talked about the past movies, they also addressed how big Joss Whedon’s role is inside the DCEU.
Since Zack Snyder’s exit from the post-production of Justice League, Joss Whedon has taken his place by being in charge of the reshoots and what’s left before Justice League premieres.
I want to clarify that, although Joss Whedon is “in charge”, he’s not the director of the movie, he’s not going to change it. The direction this scenes need is minimal, according to Warner’s executives, and Whedon is following what Zack Snyder and he agreed before Snyder left. Whedon will only fullfill Snyder’s vision for the film.
It has also been stated that Whedon was already working with Warner in Justice League before all these changes. He was working alongside Zack Snyder on the script and he was already considered to help with directing the reshoots.
Now, weeks after Snyder’s departure, Berg hinted in that same interview with Variety that Whedon’s role is bigger than what we previously thought, saying how integral his position already is within the DCEU and how much that position will continue to grow in the future.
“He’s a big part already. We love him. He’s a great partner, collaborator; we want him to be ensconced. We bring people by, have general meetings and talk about comics and their favourite superhero movies. With Joss, he saw the master board, and he saw a Batgirl title and he said, ‘You guys seriously want to do Batgirl?’ And we said, ‘Absolutely.’ He said, ‘That’s my jam.”
It has been stated over the years the enthusiasm and passion Whedon has for Batgirl, so we can only hope he’ll do a great job with one of the most beloved female characters DC has.
In the meantime, only time will tell if we can trust Berg and John’s words regarding Joss Whedon and his take in the DCEU.
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Justice League is set to premiere this November.