The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Zack Snyder is no longer the frontman for DC films. Geoff Johns will join Jon Berg in co-running the DC Cinematic Universe at Warner Bros from now on. This is the first in a long list of changes taking place at the studio in order to provide structure and oversight for future DC projects. The studio has been working to shy away from the Marvel method by letting individual directors shape the vision of their own films. Now, DC is hoping to emulate the way Marvel churns out their films by having a point person keep continuity in check. This new shift for Johns and Berg automatically makes them producers on all of the Justice League films. In a nutshell, the DC/WB overhaul is a long-term fix to prevent what would appear to be a disappointing run of DC films.
Soon after the numbers were in, Deadline reports that Batman v Superman actor Ben Affleck became an executive producer on the 2017 Justice League film. He will be working closely with director Zack Snyder and screenwriter Chris Terrio behind the scenes with hands in every facet of the film. Affleck is an award-winning director who definitely knows his way around a movie set, so this is a smart move on behalf of Warner Bros. But the fallout ripples a lot farther than this.
Now, things have come full circle with Geoff Johns acting as the continuity lead at DC/WB. Think of Johns in a similar role to President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige. Variety points out that Johns has been the driving force behind successful CW television shows such as Arrow, Flash, and now Supergirl. With his implementation into the film, Affleck, Berg, and Johns will have prime input into Justice League which is slated for release in 2017.
The experience with director Zack Snyder has shown Warner Bros. that there is a need for continuity. Batman News states there is even speculation that the only reason Snyder is still directing the Justice League film is because it was too late to find another director. The studio still wants to keep their films director-driven, but for now, all changes will have to go through Berg and Johns.
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