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Warner Bros. names Jon Berg & Geoff Johns as co-runners of DC Films

05.18.2016

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In the wake of BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE's critical drubbing and lower-than-expected box office figures, it's being reported that Warner Bros. has tapped DC Chief Content Officer Geoff Johns and WB executive VP Jon Berg to co-run the newly created DC Films. THR was the first to confirm the move, which is being described as "part of a broader refinement of executive roles at Warners."

DC Films has been a production banner within the studio for quite some time, however it will now "exist as a formal division." Johns and Berg won’t have the same exact role as Kevin Feige's at Marvel and will still have to report to their superiors at WB, but the duo "will be providing guidance and structure to the task of building out the DCEU."

Deadline has also heard that "while the move is a major step for the studio, it is not a reactionary one," and that the "so-called 'director-driven' approach Warner Bros. has touted since first announcing the DC Extended Universe is very much still in effect."

The biggest thing to takeaway from all of this though is that Warner Bros. and DC are fully aware of the negative reactions to BATMAN V SUPERMAN, and that the studio is "keenly interested in being responsive as it maps out the future of the DC Extended Universe." Do you think this is a good move by the studio?

SUICIDE SQUAD, the next installment in the DCEU, will be in theaters on August 5, 2016.

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6:57PM on 05/18/2016

In a nutshell...

...They needed someone to control Synder and Goyer.
...They needed someone to control Synder and Goyer.
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3:03PM on 05/18/2016
This just gives more power to the very people who have been screwing over DC. Johns ruined the comics by creating the god awful New 52, and the made things into more of a convoluted unfocused mess with Rebirth. He was already producer on BvS, and produced some of the worst DC Animated films out there. WB just keeps shooting DC in the head over and over again.
This just gives more power to the very people who have been screwing over DC. Johns ruined the comics by creating the god awful New 52, and the made things into more of a convoluted unfocused mess with Rebirth. He was already producer on BvS, and produced some of the worst DC Animated films out there. WB just keeps shooting DC in the head over and over again.
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3:16PM on 05/18/2016
I have yet to see a bad DC animated movie. And I've seen them all.
I have yet to see a bad DC animated movie. And I've seen them all.
11:59PM on 05/18/2016
He is also co-creator of the Flash TV show.
He is also co-creator of the Flash TV show.
11:59PM on 05/18/2016
He is also co-creator of the Flash TV show.
He is also co-creator of the Flash TV show.
9:56AM on 05/18/2016
I feel like this move was more so to save Snyder from himself. If they truly are listening to audience reactions, then they must realize that Snyder's approach to throwing everything but the kitchen sink in a movie is not the right way to go.

I feel like this move was more so to save Snyder from himself. If they truly are listening to audience reactions, then they must realize that Snyder's approach to throwing everything but the kitchen sink in a movie is not the right way to go.

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10:36AM on 05/18/2016
+1 The Snyder way is the wrong way!
+1 The Snyder way is the wrong way!
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9:54AM on 05/18/2016
This can only be good news. There's a lot of unwarranted hate towards WB/DC while they start to build their universe. WB is still learning how to do this and that's something I think everyone forgets. They have two films in the can with mixed results and the this shows they're listening and trying to get this right.

I love that WB is going for a director driven approach which makes me more excited for each film.
This can only be good news. There's a lot of unwarranted hate towards WB/DC while they start to build their universe. WB is still learning how to do this and that's something I think everyone forgets. They have two films in the can with mixed results and the this shows they're listening and trying to get this right.

I love that WB is going for a director driven approach which makes me more excited for each film.
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9:45AM on 05/18/2016

This is a good idea if ....

These two guys understand super hero movies --- Over at Marvel, all stories go through an evaluation of comic book experts that Marvel has set up -- Look what happened to Ant-Man, they let of the director, because he wanted to do his own thing. Like Star Wars, you cannot allow directors to change the formula on specific kind of material -- Like how far Terminal has fallen --- the director of T3 didn't even use the theme, until the credits1 Too much ego!
These two guys understand super hero movies --- Over at Marvel, all stories go through an evaluation of comic book experts that Marvel has set up -- Look what happened to Ant-Man, they let of the director, because he wanted to do his own thing. Like Star Wars, you cannot allow directors to change the formula on specific kind of material -- Like how far Terminal has fallen --- the director of T3 didn't even use the theme, until the credits1 Too much ego!
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4:32PM on 05/18/2016
I didn't know that Tom Hanks airport movie had sequels.
I didn't know that Tom Hanks airport movie had sequels.
12:13AM on 05/19/2016
Geoff Johns has been the Chief Creative Officer at DC since before the Green Lantern movie. He oversaw the New 52 at DC giving new origins to Superman, the Flash and Green Lantern. He also wrote Justice Society comics with Mark Guggenheim and David Goyer. He has written the better episodes of Smallville and Arrow and he is a co-creator of the Flash TV show and an executive producer on Supergirl.
Geoff Johns has been the Chief Creative Officer at DC since before the Green Lantern movie. He oversaw the New 52 at DC giving new origins to Superman, the Flash and Green Lantern. He also wrote Justice Society comics with Mark Guggenheim and David Goyer. He has written the better episodes of Smallville and Arrow and he is a co-creator of the Flash TV show and an executive producer on Supergirl.
9:20AM on 05/18/2016
WB at least gets credit for being director-driven instead of simply "follow our plan of making a bigger cinematic universe at the expense of your own style and creativity" which seems to be Marvel's plan--not that it's a problem, clearly. I just wish Snyder was more restrained for BvS instead of cramming so much crap into one movie. I'm confident that Suicide Squad will make up for this and be a surprise hit for WB.
WB at least gets credit for being director-driven instead of simply "follow our plan of making a bigger cinematic universe at the expense of your own style and creativity" which seems to be Marvel's plan--not that it's a problem, clearly. I just wish Snyder was more restrained for BvS instead of cramming so much crap into one movie. I'm confident that Suicide Squad will make up for this and be a surprise hit for WB.
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3:17PM on 05/18/2016
well said. :)
well said. :)
8:35AM on 05/18/2016
So much cinematic potential in this universe. Godspeed gentlemen.
So much cinematic potential in this universe. Godspeed gentlemen.
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