Ever since the release of Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which ended up being a disappointment both critically and financially, we’ve been hearing about many behind-the-scenes changes over at Warner Bros. in an attempt to revamp the DC Extended Universe. The most important one has been the promotion of DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, who is now co-running the DC Films division with Warner Bros. executive vp Jon Berg. This is obviously a step in the right direction, but it remains to be seen how these changes will affect the quality of the movies.
Most of the changes indicate that Johns and Berg will be working very closely with the creative teams behind the next few DCEU movies starting with Justice League, and someone who seems to be very happy about teaming up with the former is Aquaman director James Wan, who recently told CinemaBlend that he wants to work with Johns as much as he possible can. However, he believes that most of what we’ve been hearing about the shake-ups is far from the truth. Here’s what Wan told the site:
“To be honest, it’s not as dramatic as the press is making it out to be – from what I’m seeing. And right now I’m seeing everything as more an outsider looking into this box. So from that perspective, it’s really cool that it’s not crazy, crazy dramatic. I think it’s great. Geoff Johns is super talented, super smart. Part of what got me excited about the Aquaman character is his re-envisioning of Aquaman, the character, with The New 52. And that’s super exciting. And I’m working very closely with him, and I want to work with him very closely to shape the story that I want to tell.”
The director then went on to add that finishing up The Conjuring 2 and promoting the movie has kept him busy for quite a while now, so most of what he’s heard about the situation has been from the press, meaning that he may not be the right guy to ask when it comes to what’s going on behind-the-scenes at the studio at this point:
“Whatever these “shake-ups” are, I don’t actually see them. If anything, like anything to do with my fricking career, I read about them in the trades, I read them all over the internet! And people are asking me this and I’m like, ‘Huh? What?’ [laughs] Just like I found out all these things. And so I’m not privy to necessarily what’s going – partially because I was so busy with trying to finish up Conjuring 2.”
Aquaman will more than likely enter production in the first half of 2017, so Wan won’t actually get to work with Johns that much for the time being. For now, we’ll have to wait and see how some of the other DCEU movies such as Justice League and The Flash turn out before we find out whether or not these changes are indeed effective.