After the barrage of critical assaults on ‘Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice,’ not to mention the disappointing box-office returns of the massive film, Warner Bros is out to fix their struggling DCEU by any means necessary, and everyone seems to agree that getting some comic-book folk onboard to make important decisions is a good way to go. DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns has been tapped to join Warner Bros VP Jon Berg in overseeing the DCEU nowadays, removing a lot of the trust and faith they originally had in Zack Snyder to hold everything together (much of the ‘BVS” blame has been placed squarely on Snyder’s head). Johns already has some experience in shepherding various media in the ways of the comic-book heroes he writes so well, as he spoke about during a recent interview with Comicbook.com :
“My job is to help other Warner Brothers divisions work with DC. I work with Warner TV and producers to get these shows up and running, in particular with The Flash, where I co-created the show, wrote a few episodes, wrote the pilot episode. I work with other people, Ames Kirshen in games, the studios like Rocksteady and Netherrealm, go in there on character choices, story they’re going to do and brainstorm on that, try to keep it true to comics.”
He jokes that with friends and family though, “I just tell them I write comics.” But with his new position, that is not the case, as he is taking a break from writing to work on the DCEU and help get things in order. Of course, anything more specific than that he did not say, although he did say the following about the new ‘Batman’ film:
“I do get to say I’m working on Batman with Ben Affleck. That gets the Thanksgiving table excited, especially my brother.”
I think this is a great choice for DC to take things out of Snyder’s hands, as I truly believe the man is gifted visually, but is not the best director, nor the best choice to piece together a billion dollar franchise like the DCEU (not if ‘Man of Steel‘ and ‘Batman Vs Superman’ are his examples). And while it is sad to lose Geoff Johns from the writing world, he seems an ideal choice to help link everything together and help the movies stay true to the characters and find their appeal. What do you think of Johns and Berg taking the reigns from Zack Snyder and overseeing the DCEU? Do you think they still have a world they can fix? Or would you have preferred them to just start over and throw out ‘Man of Steel’ and ‘Batman Vs Superman?’ Share your opinions below!
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