In what is becoming quite a bit of a pattern, following the less than stellar box office numbers for Justice League, Warner Bros. looks to be sharking their DC films up once more.
According to Variety, the studio is planning to restructure the DC Films operation which includes Jon Berg leaving his position of running the comic book films production to become a production partner with Roy Lee, a producer at the studio, instead. Someone new is expected to be named for the position while Geoff Johns, who has worked with Berg on the films, will continue to serve as DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer and his contributions to the film side might change to be advisory in nature.
“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,” Warner Bros. Picture Group President Toby Emmerich said in a statement to Variety. “I first met Jon when, as a producer, he brought ‘Elf’ to New Line, which remains one of the best and most evergreen titles in the library. We’re thrilled that Jon is partnering with Roy and anticipate their company being a valuable source of movies for Warner Bros. and New Line.”
This is not the first time that the studios have undergone changes after a film failed to make the box office that was desired, as there were reports and changes that happened in 2016 after Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice had similar troubles with critics/fans and box office numbers.
The reports also state that the studio & Emmerich are considering moving the DC Film operations from being its own separate entity on the and integrating it into the main studio movie operations. These overhauls at the studio are expected to happen by January.
After having a massive success in Wonder Woman this summer, the studio has taken a hit again with Justice League much like with Batman V. Superman. Changes in directors, as Zack Snyder departed due to a family tragedy, and expensive and seemingly massive reshoots didn’t help the film in the long run.
With this film featuring some of DC Entertainment’s biggest heroes and some of the most well-known superheroes period, a box office number of $570.3 million after three weeks on a budget reported to be around $300 million, that doesn’t bode well for the studio. With a stable of somewhat lower tier heroes at the time, Avengers ultimatly brought in $1.5 billion.
THere are no immediate plans for Snyder to direct any more DC films, but he is as of now possibly attached to produce some as he still has a production deal with the studio.
Reportedly Time Warner executives were not happy with Warner Bros. continuing to bring Snyder back for films with the critical reviews and the sagging box offices, with each film making less than the one before it with Wonder Woman as the standout exception. On the other hand, by the time the BVS backlash really began to appear Snyder was already well into the start of production for Justice League, leaving the studio not much opportunity to remove him without it being a public thing and a delay to the film.
There is no word about what this might mean for future of the films as currently the studio only seemingly has Aquaman in fall 2018, Shazam! in early 2019 and Wonder Woman 2 in late 2019 on the schedule with various other films all reportedly in various levels of development. These reports also continue to speak to Ben Affleck’s time as Batman seemingly being over, outside of an appearance in the standalone Flash film if it follows the Flashpoint storyline still, as Matt Reeves is still reportedly seeking someone new for his possibly Batman trilogy of standalone films.