The ripples of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’s lukewarm reception are affecting DC Film in a major way.
Current executive VP Jon Berg and Geoff Johns, DC’s chief content officer who successfully launched the comics label’s foray into television, will co-run the newly created DC Film, according to multiple sources.
This step aims to refine executive roles at Warner Bros., which has suffered a disappointing run of movies and has vexed producers and film-makers. These producers and film-makers have hinted at some fishy green-lighting processes at the studio.
Comics writer-turned-exec Johns, was key in working with show-runner Greg Berlanti on the ascension of superhero shows such as Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl. He is the writer behind DC’s upcoming Rebirth. Rebirth is the publishing side’s reboot of its titles that will play out over the summer months. He is not leaving DC Comics, according to sources, but adding film to his portfolio.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hauled just under $900 million worldwide, and the figure has proven lower than desired. Captain America: Civil War has already surpassed $940 million, just weeks after opening night. The bigger surprise is that Deadpool, Rated R, also did better than BvS at the box office.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, in addition to Suicide Squad, Berg is also working with Ben Affleck on the next Batman movie, taking part in writing the script.
Berg is also co-writing the script for the next Batman movie with star Ben Affleck, who will also be producing the film.
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