DCEU shakeup: Geoff Johns and Jon Berg will have full oversight as co-heads of DC Films
Despite whether you liked or disliked Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. isn’t too pleased with the critical and commercial reception of Dawn of Justice. In what’s being described as a “course correcting” move, Warner Bros has appointed DC Comics Chief Content Officer, Geoff Johns, and Warner Bros. Executive Vice President, Jon Berg, as co-heads of the newly formed DC Films division. This move gives Johns and Berg full oversight over any upcoming DC film.
It’s being reported that Johns and Berg won’t be occupying a role similar to Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige. Instead, Johns and Berg will still report directly to their superiors and their primary role is to provide guidance and structure to the task of building out the DC#U. Directors will still retain control over key decisions such as casting, aesthetics, and certain story elements as part of Warner Bros.’s “director driven” approach.
This move is part of a larger shakeup over at Warner Bros. as they’ve recently run into a bit of a slump lately. This shift will branch off pairs of executives who’ll manage certain “genre streams” instead of one individual overseeing a broad range of movies. In other words, these executives will now have a specific franchise and genre to focus on, ie. Harry Potter, The LEGO Movie, sci-fi/action, family/comedy, etc.
From DC’s standpoint, the jumping off point for making the decision was in due part to the catastrophic reaction to Batman v Superman. The film reportedly cost more than $300 million to produce but only managed to take in a little less than $870 million in about seven weeks. On the other hand, Captain America: Civil War is expected to cross the $1 billion mark less than three weeks after its initial release.
The next films coming from the DC Extended Universe are Suicide Squad in August, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017, and Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017. Also on the slate is The Flash on March 16, 2018, the James Wan-directed Aquaman on July 27, 2018, Shazam and Justice League Part Two in 2019, and Cyborg and Green Lantern Corps in 2020.