DC Shake Up in the Works After 'Justice League' Stumbles
Dec 08 2017 by Francis Osborne
Despite the surprising and disappointing box-office showing of "Justice League", though, it has helped in pushing Warner Bros.' passing the $5 billion mark at the worldwide box office this year.
Jon Berg, Warner Bros.co-president of production and Justice League producer, is stepping down from his exec position where he acts as the studio's point person on all things DC films.
Geoff Johns is expected to stay on as DC Entertainment's chief creative officer, with it said Johns' role going forward "may evolve, and could be more advisory in nature".
Berg is said to be segueing into a role as producer for Warner Bros., working alongside The Lego Movie and It producer Roy Lee. Meanwhile, Berg's replacement is still being discussed, as is the future of the franchise.
With scenes of Henry Cavill's Superman wearing a black costume left on the cutting room floor, we can only hope that Warner Bros. includes the deleted scenes on the Justice League Blu-ray. Picture Group President Toby Emmerich said in a statement to Variety.
In an interview with Inverse, Wagner revealed that the footage was amongst several scenes filmed by original director Zack Snyder that were ultimately cut. Aside from this year's global hit "Wonder Woman", most of the films have been panned by critics. For comparison, Marvel conducts its movie division autonomously despite being owned by Disney, while Fox and Sony create their superhero flicks beneath the studio's overall banner. Justice League had a reported $300 million budget, including the reshoots that were helmed by Joss Whedon. The studio was concerned that each subsequent film was making less money than its predecessor, and they'd noticed that the Man of Steel director was persisting with an overtly dark tone. So clearly, with the right people behind and in front of the camera, it's possible that Warner Bros. could give adult audiences something a little more visceral to chew on.
While Ben Affleck is expected to appear as Batman in a standalone Flash movie, it is highly unlikely he will don the cape and cowl in Matt Reeves' planned standalone Batman movie.
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