Geoff Johns Wanted ‘Man Of Steel’ To Have Lighter Tone

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DC Films Co-Chairman Geoff Johns, who is also President and CCO of DC Comics as a whole, actually did some work for director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, as well as a prequel comic that tied in with the movie. However, while Johns offered advice for the biggest Superman movie ever made since 1978, the executives apparently prevented it from reaching the ears of Snyder.

Vulture recently released a comprehensive report about DC’s changing strategies since starting their shared movie universe setting back in 2013 with Man of Steel, and in it it was noted that Johns actually offering suggestions to how Warner Brothers should proceed with their DC Comics movies as the brand continued to expand. With Man of Steel, Johns specifically had some concerns – while he was a fan of the story, he felt that there needed to be some changes to the script to make Superman a lighter character. Unfortunately, the executives in charge of the movie at the time chose not to listen to his input. It’s not specified why Johns’ input was ignored, but a likely explanation is that Green Lantern – a film he actually had a credit on, by means of serving as an associate to the director – was a box office dud, and perhaps the studio didn’t want Johns to be associated with their Superman reboot because the studio’s edit of the Emerald Knight’s film was so poorly-received.

Ironically, many fans shared the sentiment that Man of Steel needed more lightness to it, even if it were telling a darker Superman story than usual, as the film being so serious is one of the reasons why it’s contentious with the fanbase – while general audience reception seems to indicate that the grounded take on the franchise made for a more relatable version of the hero, fans who wanted Superman to be more like the character in the comics have strong feelings on the matter in either direction. While Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice – the sequel to Man of Steel – likely would have been a better point for Johns to take over the DCEU in order to course-correct, and Johns did serve as an executive producer on that project, his role was still relatively limited. When that movie was hit with backlash for many reasons, that was when WB decided to make sure that Johns would have a more active role in the setting.

This, of course, is not to say that Johns is no fan of Man of Steel or the other DCEU movies – he’s previously noted that he doesn’t think there’s anything to change with how they approach these characters so much as they adjust how they tell their stories, and he’s also called Snyder “one of the kindest and most inspirational artists I’ve ever known.” So any fan of Snyder’s that are worried that the Johns-led regime running DC’s movie division going forward is going to disrespect the work he established for the DCEU, don’t worry – they’re sticking with the world he built. It’s just going to be brighter and more hopeful from here on out, which – judging by the somewhat-hopeful ending to Dawn of Justice suggesting that the world will embrace Superman when he returns – is what Snyder had planned all along.

In addition, the report notes that Johns was the one to get Joss Whedon on board to do additional work on Justice League. Whedon was already interested in doing a DC project, approaching the company with movie ideas like Batgirl, but things got interesting when Snyder decided that parts of Justice League were going to have to be reworked. Johns determined that the two-time Avengers helmer would be best-suited for helping Snyder with work on the film following principal photography, and Whedon helped with script revisions and writing additional scenes. When Snyder stepped down due to his family’s tragedy, Whedon was more than ready to handle reshoots and additional photography. It’s rather ironic that the director most well-known for giving the Marvel Cinematic Universe two of its biggest hits got to finish the movie that the DC Extended Universe’s architect was using to complete his spiritual trilogy of Superman movies, but judging by the optimism noted in Vulture’s report, it seems like they’re headed in the right direction.

Justice League unites on November 17, 2017. The superhero epic features a cast that includes Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne (Batman), Henry Cavill as Kal-El/Clark Kent (Superman), Gal Gadot as Diana Prince (Wonder Woman), Jason Momoa as Orin/Arthur Curry (Aquaman), Ezra Miller as Barry Allen (The Flash), Ray Fisher as Victor Stone (Cyborg), Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Robin Wright as General Antiope, J. K. Simmons as Commissioner James ‘Jim’ Gordon, Joe Morton as Dr. Silas Stone, Amber Heard as Mera, Billy Crudup as Dr. Henry Allen, and Kiersey Clemons as Iris West. Julian Lewis Jones and Michael McElhatton are also in the movie in unspecified roles.

Source: Vulture

5 Reasons Why Static Shock Needs To Appear On The Big Screen

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Static ShockDC has a wide range of engaging and entertaining characters. In 1993, Static Shock ( more commonly known as Static) was brought onto the comics world under Milestone Comics, which was an independent affiliate of DC comics. He was created to be different from the other DC characters at the time and because of this, Static has gained notoriety over the years, including an extremely popular animated show that premiered in the early 2000s.

Ever since that show, new fans have latched on to Static as a character that carries a lot of weight. This increasing popularity over the years has led to rumors and speculations over his return to the screen, but none of them have panned out. His presence in either his own feature film or in a team-up movie would be a great thing to see, and there are several reasons why this needs to happen.

Here are 5 reasons why Static Shock needs to appear on the big screen. Click Next to continue.

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Grant Davis

Grant Davis

A Texan freelance writer with interests in Star Wars, superhero movies, and entertainment in general.