Warners Shakes Up DC Roles In ‘Dawn’ Fallout

In the fallout from the muted box-office and critical results of “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” Warner Bros. Pictures is doing something rather drastic – they’re shaking up their executive structure.

Instead of managing all their films, executives are now being put in charge of “genre streams” with each of them ultimately reporting to Warner Bros. Pictures president Greg Silverman. Courtenay Valenti is now being put in charge of the LEGO and “Harry Potter” franchises, Jesse Ehrman will handle comedy/family films, and Niija Kuykendall will handle sci-fi action films.

The big change though is that current seasoned film executive Jon Berg and DC’s chief content officer and comics veteran Geoff Johns have been appointed as the heads of the newly created DC Films, a dedicated division which will attempt to course-correct the Warners comic book movies. Johns will still report to DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson, while Berg will report to Silverman.

Berg was already working on the films and is a key component behind Ben Affleck’s involvement in the DCEU. Johns was instrumental in teaming with Greg Berlanti to establish the successful small screen DC universe currently on television including “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl” and “Legends of Tomorrow”.

The ultimate aim is to “unify the disparate elements of the DC movies”, to make the pair as crucial to DC as Kevin Feige has been to Marvel. Berg and Johns will now automatically become producers on the “Justice League” movies.

“Batman v Superman” closed out with under $870 million worldwide since its late March release – the studio says the film will be profitable, but it wasn’t the smash hit it had hoped for. In contrast rival Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War’ is heading towards $1 billion in less than two weeks of release and has resonated better with critics and audiences.

The report also indicates that the studio is working to “smooth out” the third act of David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad” which is the reason the project underwent some major additional photography the other month to clean up some issues. With that film’s trailers having generated massive positive interest, the studio wants to make sure expectations are exceeded and Geoff Johns has been heavily involved in the film’s post-production.

Source: Heat Vision