No matter any personal opinions on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the fact is that it didn’t do nearly as well as Warner Bros. was hoping, both critically (it has a dismal 27% on Rotten Tomatoes) and financially (it made just $870 million worldwide since it first premiered on March 25, which may seem like a lot, but when you compare it to Captain America: Civil War’s $966 million since May 6, and the fact that most blockbusters are aiming for $1 billion these days, it’s a definite disappointment).
It also makes it clear that Warner Bros. needs to do something about this, and it looks like that’s exactly what they’re doing.
First there were the Suicide Squad re-shoots (which, yes, are common for most movies, but hold a bit more weight and curiosity here), and now there’s a big re-structuring of executives.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a new branch called DC Films has been created and it will be co-run by executive VP Jon Berg and DC’s chief content officer Geoff Johns.
DC isn’t the only one getting a change – execs will now be in charge of separate branches, such as Courtenay Valenti taking over the LEGO and Harry Potter films – but all of this is most telling for WB’s DC department.
Frankly, this sounds like a great thing. Johns is an imaginative leader, who spearheaded DC making such a splash on television, and is also extremely familiar with the comics. Plus, Johns and Berg are now also producers on the Justice League films (along with Ben Affleck as executive producer), which, while still being directed by Zack Snyder, at least now there are people to reign him in.
Most people, myself included, are fans of DC and want to see good movies. So far we have not gotten that with Man of Steel or BvS, but I have every hope that this course correction is a step in the right direction.
What do you think of this shake-up? Are you excited to see Geoff Johns step into a new role with DC movies? Sound off below!