DC Chief Talks Course Correcting The Films

Following on from his confirmation earlier that Joe Manganiello is playing Deathstroke in the Ben Affleck-directed “Batman” solo film, DC Entertainment President Geoff Johns has spoken some more about the changes to the various films of the DCEU moving forward.

Talking with The Wall Street Journal, Johns says the more optimistic tone of the upcoming “Justice League” film isn’t out of the ordinary for the DC characters:

“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… We’re trying to take a really hard look at everything to make sure we stay true to the characters and tell stories that celebrate them.”

Johns claims that a lighter tone was originally planned for “Justice League” anyway, but fan reactions to “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” ended up causing some story tweaks: “we accelerated the story to get to the hope and optimism a little faster.”

While ‘Dawn of Justice’ directly dealt with the aftermath of Superman and Zod’s battle in “Man of Steel,” “Justice League” will do the same for Batman’s actions in ‘Dawn’.

An unspecified source tells the paper it will directly address Batman’s extreme actions such as torturing criminals and nearly killing Superman. They also say fewer of “Mr. Snyder’s controversial flourishes, like the dream sequences in Batman v Superman” will be included, instead the film will focus more tightly on the plot.

“Justice League” will debut in theaters on November 10th 2017.