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Zack Snyder's role in the future of the DCEU may be significantly smaller

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Zack Snyder has been the primary creative force behind the DCEU since MAN OF STEEL, but according to a report by Mashable, that may no longer be the case as the franchise moves forward. Not every fan has embraced Snyder's handling of the franchise, and although MAN OF STEEL and BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE have certainly made Warner Bros. money, they haven't exactly generated the critical acclaim the studio desired. WONDER WOMAN seems to have set the franchise off on a new path as DC Films have stated that they hope to bring more "heart, humor, and heroics" to the future projects.

Mashable states that multiple sources have told them that Zack Snyder, as well as his wife, producer Deborah Snyder, will "no longer have anything like the level of creative influence that got the franchise to this point." Warner Bros. have denied that Zack and Deborah Snyder will be taking a back seat, saying that they "remain an important part of the Warner Bros. family and are actively involved in several upcoming DC pictures, including their continued creative input on Justice League. We are excited about our partnership and look forward to our continued collaboration." The news that the Snyders may be taking a step back wouldn't exactly be a surprise, especially with talent like Joss Whedon, Geoff Johns, Patty Jenkins, James Wan, and Matt Reeves entering the game. The hostile critical reaction may not be the only reason for their diminished role, as Warner Bros. was reportedly "becoming increasingly concerned with their tendency to drive up budgets, and have been anxious for a freshened creative direction that manifested in Wonder Woman, on which the Snyders were producers."

Leading the charge towards DCEU's more hopeful future will be Geoff Johns, as well as his "secret weapon," Joss Whedon, who is said to be a "major part" of Warner Bros.' creative team. It's also possible that AQUAMAN director James Wan, WONDER WOMAN's Patty Jenkins, and THE BATMAN's Matt Reeves could have a bigger part to play in the future of the DCEU, but one person who may not be involved could be David Ayer. He's still slated to direct GOTHAM CITY SIRENS, but sources say that Ayer "won't ultimately be part of their plans." Ayer's representative denied the claims, saying that the project is still in development and the script hasn't been completed. As always, take all of this with a grain of salt, but personally, I think it'd be healthy to give other creative talents the chance to put their stamp on the DCEU.

JUSTICE LEAGUE is set to hit theaters on November 17, 2017.

Source: Mashable

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