The Justice League premiere was not what fans nor the studio expected it to be, as the film currently has the lowest performance of a DCEU film with $570.3 million worldwide after three weeks in theatres.
With such a low performance and having had complains online, Warner Bros. is looking to “shake things up” a bit in their DC Film Universe, starting with the fact that Jon Berg is leaving his position as head of the comicbook film production division, as reported by Variety. Instead, he will become a production partner with Roy Lee, the producer of The Lego Movie and It.
With Berg leaving, WB is looking for someone to run point on DC’s films. With Geoff Johns continuing to serve as DC Entertainment’s chief creative officer, he will also have an “increase” in his contributions to the films as they “may evolve, and could be more advisory in nature.”
Another change in the foreseeable future is the fact that, reportedly, Warner Bros. Picture Group President Toby Emmerich is weighing in on the idea of further integrating DC’s film operations into the studio’s main movie arm, rather than to have it as an independent division running autonomously.
On the director’s side, while there are no immediate plans for Snyder to direct another DC movie, he is producing or executive producing several ones, starting with Aquaman and Wonder Woman 2. At this point in time, Warner Bros. continues to have a production deal with Zack Snyder, so it’s not off the table for him to direct additional films for the studio.
However, Time Warner is said to be “unhappy” with Warner Bros. continuously bringing Snyder back, as Batman v Superman was highly controversial, being hated by the critics but making more than enough movie in the box office. They are also said to be upset that each new DC film seems to be making less money than the one that proceeded it, with the exception of Wonder Woman.
Sadly those aren’t the only changes coming. As reported by Variety and fueled by numerous rumors through the internet, Ben Affleck might soon leave the DCEU as well.
According to Variety, Affleck is expected to appear as Batman in Flashpoint, but it’s highly unlikely that he will appear in Matt Reeves’ planned standalone Batman movie as, reportedly, the director is looking for “fresh talent”, with Jon Hamm and Jake Gyllenhaal on the top of the list to being the ones playing the bat vigilante.
The things that remain the same despite all of this are the fact that a Flash standalone movie is the works -a.k.a. Flashpoint-, an Aquaman solo film will premiere in December of 2018, and that both Shazam! and Wonder Woman 2 continue to be on track to premiere in 2019.
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The DC overhaul is expected to happen somewhere during January, so stay tuned for more news.