Stuff’s getting real over at DC division at Warner Brothers. Big time.
According to Variety, the studio is planning a major shake-up and restructuring of its film division. This follows the major box office disappointment that was Justice League. Technically, the film has made back its budget of 300 million dollars. But 570 million in three weeks of release?
It’s not great, especially considering the film of this scale. Justice League was supposed to be the coming together of all the major players in the connected DC Films. It was supposed to be the first Avengers movie. The Avengers, to remind everyone, made 1.5 billion at the box office.
You can see why Warner Brothers’ weren’t thrilled by the showing. ESPECIALLY considering that the recently released Thor: Ragnarok has made almost 820 million since its release.
The restructuring of the film division will see Jon Berg step aside. Instead, he will partner up with producer Roy Lee (It, The LEGO Movie).
According to Warner Bros. Picture Group President Toby Emmerich in a statement, this has been in the works for awhile.
“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. 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.”
So with Berg out of the picture, who will run the DC Films? An announcement isn’t expected to be made until January.
We can, however, expect Geoff Johns to stay on for the DC Films for the time being. Johns currently serves as the Chief Creative Officer for DC and reports to DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson. His fingerprints are all over the company from comics to the DC Television shows. According to Variety, Johns role with the films could become more advisory in nature.
To many fans, this isn’t a huge surprise. Wonder Woman remains a big outlier for the struggling franchise due to its critical, commercial, and practically universal success. Other films such as Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad, and Justice League have not fared as well.
The first shake-up for the DC Films division came when Berg and Johns were given creative control of the franchise. A couple months ago, it was announced that in addition to films of a shared universe, DC will also make unconnected films.
Clearly, they’re trying to find their footing and identity. (My suggestion? Pop over to the DC TV division for help. Sure the shows aren’t perfect, but at least their cohesive.)