Warner Bros. released two more DC Extended Universe films this year — Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, both of which performed modestly at the box office but were poorly received by critics alike. But since Geoff Johns and Jon Berg came in as co-heads for the DCEU, Wonder Woman and Justice League have never looked more promising. The two upcoming films look to be straying away from the grim and dark tone set up with the previous movies, including the one that launched the current DCEU, Man of Steel. And now we are getting a better picture of how their influence will impact the future of the DCEU films. Check out what they had to say here below.
Following the news that Joe Manganiello was cast as Deathstroke, the Johns and Berg talked about how they are doing some course correction for Warner Bros.’ DCEU. Here’s what Johns said to the Wall Street Journal:
“Mistakenly in the past I think the studio has said, ‘Oh, DC films are gritty and dark and that’s what makes them different.’ That couldn’t be more wrong. It’s a hopeful and optimistic view of life. Even Batman has a glimmer of that in him. If he didn’t think he’d make tomorrow better, he’d stop.”
The interview revealed that these moves were made due to fan’s reactions to Batman v Superman‘s very dark and grim tone. It will also address Batman’s uncharacteristic thirst for murder and will focus more on the comic book aspects of the source material as opposed to having strange dream sequences like the gun-wielding Batman one we saw in BvS.
If any of this is true, it tells us that Warner Bros. has made the correct decision bringing in people who are well-versed in comics. Which is even better for the studio that they brought in someone like Johns, who has already written for DC comics, something I mentioned last week in my “Why We Should Still Have Faith In The DCEU” piece.
Now of course, the DCEU should in no way mirror what the Marvel Cinematic Universe is doing, but making these tonal changes and bringing in people who are knowledgeable with comics shows us that WB is listening and is not afraid to admit that they have made mistakes.
In addition to Justice League, Johns has also worked on Wonder Woman starring Gal Gadot, is co-writing the standalone Batman script with Ben Affleck, and James Wan has gone on record saying Johns’ take on Aquaman will serve as an inspiration for the title film starring Jason Momoa. All of this sounds very reassuring that the DCEU is finally heading in the right direction.
Starring Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Ezra Miller, Gal Gadot, Willem Dafoe, and J.K. Simmons, Justice League opens in theaters on November 10, 2017.
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.