DC Films Geoff Johns And Jon Berg Take Control Of DC Films In Major WB Shake-up written by Sean Gerber May 17, 2016 Warner Bros. is making moves in the wake of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, including a major one that is long overdue. Warner Bros. Executive Vice President Jon Berg and DC Entertainment Chief Creative Office Geoff Johns have been placed in charge of DC Films. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the pair will oversee all movies based on DC Comics characters going forward. One thing DC Films has been missing is an executive with actual authority, creative savvy, and a genuine passion for the source material. Basically, people have been saying for years that DC needs its equivalent of Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige. Berg and Johns will be teaming up to fill that role for DC Films with Berg reporting to Warner Bros. Pictures President Greg Silverman and Johns still rolling up to DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson. Johns is not leaving any of his current roles with DC Comics and DC’s television shows. He’s adding this new role to his job responsibilities along with another new one, as Johns and Berg will now serve as producers on the Justice League movies. Johns must have found more than 24 hours in a day, as I don’t see how he’s going to be able to balance it all for very long. My guess is that if this move pans out, he’ll move more towards movies and reduce his roles elsewhere. Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder previously led a more informal creative team in charge of DC movies. It seemed like the logical move with Snyder set to direct BvS and the Justice League, but any active director is simply too busy to also be an executive and producer of an entire universe. Plus, critics and audiences have yet to fully embrace Snyder’s vision for DC heroes. Johns is a better fit for the job and having Berg alongside him covers the studio experience Johns lacks. This move, which definitely feels like a good one for DC Films right now, is part of an even bigger reorganization of power at Warner Bros. More executive moves are expected, but THR also reports that WB is refining executive authority to cover more specific “genre streams.” Courtenay Valenti will be in charge of all properties related to The LEGO Movie and the new Harry Potter series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Senior executives Jesse Ehrman and Niija Kuykendall will cover all sci-fi and action not related to DC or Potter, as well as comedies and family films. This sounds like Marvel Studios is not the only Disney brand that has inspired Warner Bros. This division of executive labor sounds reminiscent of Disney’s studio structure with Feige running things at Marvel Studios, Kathleen Kennedy at Lucasfilm, John Lasseter at Pixar and Disney Animation, and Sean Bailey at The Walt Disney Studios. They all report to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn (who once ran WB), just as Warner Bros.’ now specialized executives will report to Silverman. The fallout from Batman v Superman probably isn’t over yet, but this will be the biggest aftershock. Zack Snyder isn’t going anywhere soon since he’s still directing Justice League, which is currently in production. Now, he has more people to answer to, including Johns, Berg, and newly-appointed executive producer/returning Batman Ben Affleck. Snyder and all at DC and WB should embrace this move, as it is exactly the kind of reorganization WB and DC have needed for a long time. Johns and Berg are not going to let DC or its fans down. Geoff Johns And Jon Berg Take Control Of DC Films In Major WB Shake-up was last modified: August 7th, 2016 by Sean Gerber Related 21 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Sean Gerber Sean Gerber is the founder and editor-in-chief of Modern Myth Media. 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CaptainJack This is great and has been something that really should have been established pre-Man of Steel in an ideal world for maximum direction and focus moving forward with clear vision. But it’s not too late by any means to wrangle the beast. Also, did you pick a curiously “Feige-esque” image of Johns on purpose there Sean; always picture Feige in the baseball cap, it’s the nerd producer look 😉 Matthew Dickinson I’ve not been so keen on Geoff Johns work post-Green Lantern, but he definitely gets the DCU and Superman. pud333 Inevitable. Snyder is now in the unenviable position where if JL is received like BvS was, he’ll get all the hate but if JL smashes the box office, Geoff Johns and Ben Affleck will get credit. But really, Snyder did this to himself. I just hope he doesn’t lose too much passion for this movie. One would assume if he was truly reduced to a director in name only, he’d walk. So I hope he gets to do what he’s great at, even if there’s more cooks in the kitchen. Regardless, this will be his last movie. And really, he’ll have committed something like 7-8 years of his life to DCEU from MoS to JL, so that’s good enough. I have my concerns with “too many cooks in the kitchen” but Johns and Affleck are already working together on the Batman solo film so the assumption is they’re both probably on similar pages. Whatever. All this hate on for DC after BvS has greatly diminished my enthusiasm for the DCEU despite me loving what Snyder has done and despite my efforts to stay positive. Everywhere I go online I see headlines disparaging the film. I’ve seen a very palpable swing of dramatic hyperbole from worst movie ever (BvS) to best movie ever, better than The Dark Knight! (Civil War). Both are ridiculous. I liked BvS, but it’s not the best and I liked Civil War, but that’s not the best either. As a result, I’m in a wait and see holding period. I’m sure once the first official JL shot is released I’m gonna lose my shit, but I’m gonna keep my expectations low as best I can and avoid websites where I feel the negativity is too much (not this one obviously.) I may have to leave social media until JL comes out haha. Oumar I feel the same way. On the MCU as well to be fully honest. I felt Civil War was very good but had many flaws that were overlooked because it was so much “fun” and “awesome.” BVS though I liked had flaws but nowhere to the point where it was ripped apart. It’s just unfortunate that it’s the climate we live in. Everything is either the “greatest thing over.” or “ultimate trash.” Nothing is in the middle where I felt both of these movies were. I read someone comment somewhere that fully encapsulated how i felt. “The difference between BVS and Civil War, was that one movie was killed and the other was praised, when in fact neither truly deserved it.” pud333 Dude! 100% THIS! That comment is perfect. It gets all my conflicted feelings of the past few weeks down in one simple sentence. I really do think a year from now, once new CBMs are coming out and we’ve had enough distance from those two movies, a lot of critics are going to look back on their reviews for both films and feel foolish. There are already some critics coming out saying they were wrong about BvS. I think the disappointment of expectation for BvS fed into CW since they were so close together. The pendulum swung dramatically one way, then the other. And I get it. Some of us waited our entire lives for BvS and to not live up to expectations, to get crushed from the weight of it, I get it. But neither movie really deserves what they ended up getting, IMO. Paul McClelland I agree Sean. This is brilliant news. We all know that Geoff Johns is the perfect guy to be given much more control over these movies. Look at how good the tv shows are and he is much more involved with the tv shows than he has been on a creative level with the movies. While I liked BvS I can also see its many flaws especially when it comes to character development and especially story. What we need these two in charge of DC films to do more than anything is make sure we have great stories and scripts for these talented directors to work from. I think Snyder can be a fantastic director as long as he has a good story and script to work from. That’s why Watchmen is so brilliant .Having Johns and Berg run things and oversea all the scripts and creative choices can only lead to better movies. That’s all we want as fans. Adrian Edmondson This should have been in place a few years ago . While BvS was not perfect ( no film really is ) , WB had almost a whole year ( pushing the released date further out ) to get it right and served up a badly edited , incoherent movie . I hope this means we get a combo of the reeves/cavil Superman I have been waiting for in JL , one who really inspires people not cause we are told but we actually see how he does it . Keep Zack on the visuals and leave the storytelling to the grown ups . TheFlash1984 This is great news, but is the damage done? We have a Murdering Batman (Yes, he sees the error by the end, but he’s crossed that line already) and Superman is dead (Meaning getting a good and earned Death of Superman story is already out the window) So, as much as I love DC movies, I just don’t see how any amount of course correcting fixing the issues. You can’t have Batman Unkill and Superman can’t just come back from the dead and be the optimistic, and hopeful character we know and love. Yes, Flash has already established time travel so maybe he can go back and fix things. This is also great news as maybe the Green Lantern movie won’t be ignored now. Azrael “This is great news, but is the damage done? You can’t have Batman Unkill and Superman can’t just come back from the dead and be the optimistic, and hopeful character we know and love.” BvS was only the second film of the DCEU. Despite some missteps the series is very much salvageable. As far as Batman is concerned the idea wouldn’t be to have him “unkill” but to possibly make it a worthwhile arc for his character going forward, same with Superman. And yes, a newly resurrected Superman can indeed be more optimistic and hopeful. Coming face to face with death and his own mortality could easily alter his stance and how he opts to embodies the best of humanity. Granted time travel and parallel universes can rectify a few things that Snyder has made difficult to reconcile. TheFlash1984 Thanks for the reply. I agree with Superman, a resurrection can potentially alter his character, but when he died humanity and him were not on the best of terms, he hasn’t seen our potential to, well… Have potential. So it can work, but for me would still feel a little weak based on what we’ve seen so far. Also, I didn’t mind a “darker” take on the character one that reflects the ideals and beliefs in the world today and seeing someone start off how they did in MoS to become the Superman would have made for a great story and shown the flaws beneath the skin of the Man of Steel. Batman though… It might just be my personal thoughts on the character, but for me Batman has the no killing in rule for one reason, because deep down he is as screwed up as the villains he faces and only by having one line he won’t cross stops him becoming one of them, keeps his sanity just enough to be one of the good guys. If he crosses it, he loses himself. That’s why, even a redemption story, isn’t quite right for Batman. One, he’s no better even if thinking I’ve changed he still did it and two the police and cops who afforded him this leaneacy will probably won’t him taken down as he’s a violent killer. Furthermore to that point, I think it weakens him in the eyes of criminals as well, the killer who has had a change of heart. So for me, he’s already committed the act and that can’t change (well without Flash). I understand why people might like the idea of a Batman, in a way, defeated it’s an interesting story, but could have been done better without him killing… Heck the death of Robin is his defeat and showing a man with a death wish I think would have worked the same, but not had him kill. Like I said, this is my opinion based on how I’ve always looked at the character and my thinking, so just happy able to discuss this on the Internet in a sensible way. Joshua Nathan Strong This didn’t really shake up anything. Sean Gerber This is a big shift in the power structure within DC Films. No two ways about it. Joshua Nathan Strong I read this as WB finally announcing that their making DC Films its own entity within the studio, and that they can green light their own content. Nothing more. Sean Gerber Nothing more? That’s freaking HUGE! It’s also not quite accurate, but close. DC Films is not formally its own entity from an accounting perspective, but in terms of filmmaking authority, things are very different. Before, DC Entertainment employees like Geoff Johns were advisors with no final say or major authority. Previously, Zack Snyder ran the brain trust for DC movies and had the final creative say. On his team were Deborah Snyder, Charles Roven, Chris Terrio, and Johns (but again, Johns was not in a position with any real authority.) Now, DC Films will be overseen by Johns and Jon Berg. They get to make the final decisions on these movies going forward, which means Snyder and any other filmmaker will report to them. That is a big shift in the balance of power. Period. No one would ever announce that they’re abandoning a filmmaker driven approach. That’s silly. Marvel would never say that they are not filmmaker driven since, well, producers are filmmakers, too. There are now two people formally in charge of DC movies, as part of an even bigger move in which WB is formally assigning executives to oversee specific types of properties. It’s a major move within an even more major move. Joshua Nathan Strong I was talking about filmmaking authority and I’m aware that WB is focusing on franchises more after the bad couple years at the BO, a lot of their movies under performed. And I know of the Braintrust, as Charles Roven called it and how studios work. I expect WB to be really active on the market for IPs, I know they’ve been attached to James Bond (in a distribution capacity, since Bond is operated by the Broccoli Family) for some time. WB is notorious to being talent friendly and I think they’re the only studio shelling out cash for original properties and I don’t think that the former is going to change in regards to DC. While the Braintrust may not have the final say on what does and doesn’t get made, I don’t think that Berg and Johns will have that much (creative) influence over the films and the tone of the universe. I know that they’ve been added to Justice League as producers, but as that has already been written and is already a month into physical production, it will be hard to see how they’ve influenced the movie. Also Wonder Woman just went into post production and Suicide Squad comes out in three months. I guess we’ll have to wait for the Aquaman and Flash films to see if things have changed tonally. After BvS came out, either Kevin Tsujihara or Greg Silverman said that the studio is doing whatever they can to assist Zack Snyder in making JL. I think that so far they have. Not only with this announcement but with having Terrio on set everyday and having George Miller and Ben Affleck as producers, it seems like Snyder has ample support. I’m not sold at all on Geoff Johns, studio exec because he was heavily involved with Green Lantern and while he did start out working with Richard Donner, he’s a comics guy. And last time I checked those are two very different industries. ****I know when Johns was interviewed recently and when asked about the news he kept bringing up ‘hope and optimism’ but I will not comment on that because I don’t know the context of him using it or the questions that were asked. Joshua Nathan Strong It would be a major shakeup if they announced that they were abandoning the filmmaker driven approach. Which thankfully isn’t happening. And I’m not too sold on Johns in this role, I think he was super involved with Green Lantern in a similar role. Adrian Edmondson He was just a producer and had little input on the final product of GL . I agree that the film maker approach is a good thing but a more calborate style can still work . Let’s hope this works out . Joshua Nathan Strong While I don’t take the news as a shake-up, it shows that WB is doing whatever they can to set Zack Snyder up for success.