Jon Berg & Geoff Johns To Co-Run DC Films

imageThe aftershocks of the critical massacre that was Batman v Superman has begun. Shortly after Ben Affleck was announced as the Executive Producer of Justice League, a major change has been reported. The Hollywood Reporter states that the DC Comics CCO, Geoff Johns and Producer Jon Berg will head the superhero film unit. This is an attempt to course correct after the backlash of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’s luke warm response.

The pair would have absolute oversight over the upcoming slate of DC Films and will be head of the new DC Films division launched by WB. They have also been upped to producers on the upcoming Justice League film. Berg has ties to Ben Affleck, which makes this a great pairing. He’s currently producing Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman and as of now Justice League. He previously worked with Affleck on Argo, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Live by Night. Johns is having a successful run on television. The Arrow universe spawned shows like The Flash, Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. This would be a huge step for him in the film industry and will give him a stupendous portfolio. Johns will still report to DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson, while Berg reports to Warner Brothers Pictures President Greg Silverman.

The DC Films slate is jam packed with upcoming titles. Those titles include the David Ayer directed Suicide Squad, Patty Jenkins directed Wonder Woman, Zack Snyder Directed Justice League, The Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, Green Lantern Corps and Two untitled DC Films expected to be Suicide Squad 2 and The Ben Affleck directed solo Batman film. A Harley Quinn focused film was previously reported to be in development by THR and a Booster Gold Film is in development by Greg Berlanti and is being written by Zack Stenz.

What do you guys think? Is this a step in the right direction? Sound off in the comments section!

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

 

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  • ArtimusGG

    It’s a good step and was needed with poor BvS reception. They’re not throwing out the baby with the bath water but have made some correction to ensure better results in the future. Very good balance between not doing anything and flipping out.

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      • Joseph Chaisson

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  • JMMagwood

    Ok… NOW Geoff Johns is in charge…

    • Marquis de Sade

      B-B-Bu-Bu-But your partner in denial, Sammy-rai was emphatic in his belief that everything was all hunky-dory at the hallowed halls of the dceu??
      He swore up n’ down that dceu was very happy with results of bvs. I placed all of my trust in his conviction and faith that the dceu was on solid ground, and as it turns out, dceu was standing on a ground made up of 6 month old cow dung. – I’M AGHAST!

      • Steve Steve

        Hmmm. I thought it was curious that Sammy has neglected to comment for so long. Your comment makes it pretty obvious as to why he’s been silent.

        • Marquis de Sade

          Twould appear that even Sammy knows when to hide in SHAME!

        • SAMURAI36

          Actually, I’m just ignoring the idiots. And you’re one of them.

      • theClownPrinceOfTrolls

        Thing is guy they put in charge is partially responsible for green lantern..

    • SAMURAI36

      See , my problem with statements like this is this:
      I’ll use myself as an example: in my field, I have several duties that correspond to managerial status. The only difference between myself & my actual manager(s), is the pay rate & title. I do some of the same things they do, & sometimes more. Sometimes I’ve had to train them on how to do it. I’ve even been holding down those tasks longer than some of my managers have even been at our job.

      So yes, Geoff Johns already DOES that. He just recently got a pay raise, that’s all. We can’t even say that he got a different title. In fact, the original article never once states his new official title.

      • Steve Steve

        Oh. So, nothing will change. That’s a shame.

        • SAMURAI36

          I didn’t say that either. But, I guess it all depends on what you are expecting to happen.

    • SAMURAI36

      Not only that, but even within this mew set up, Johns still isn’t completely in charge, if we go by that logic. He still shares responsibilities with someone else. You know, same as he always did.

  • Nathan_12thMan

    Amazing news. Honestly my excitement for future DC movies just exploded x100 fold. I’d say higher than it is for more Marvel movies. No one in the world is better for the job of running DC film than Geoff Johns. I have absolutely faith in him.

    Let’s hope Suicide Squad comes out and is good, let’s hope WW comes out and is good, and let’s hope (my biggest worry of all) that Justice League comes out and is at least alright. Zac Snyder is still directing, I believe the guy who wrote BvS has written JL P1…so I have my doubts. Just make it good, and don’t screw anything up (like they did Lex in BvS).

  • Steve Steve

    This is very exciting! Now there is a boss. Now there is someone to take responsibility for failures and successes. The DCEU can finally move forward and become something (hopefully) great!

  • Maximillian Pegasus

    Great news, Geoff Johns and Jon Berg running the DC movie division.

    Suicide Squad 2 in 2019?? i think Nathaniel is jumping to a wrong conclusion on that one, the 2019 movie is probably Dark Universe(JLDark) with the script by Guillermo Del Toro, Booster Gold will probably be 2020 and the Harley Quinn movie in 2021.
    David Ayer is a busy guy, i don’t think we will see a Suicide Squad 2 before 2021.

    • JMMagwood

      No reason Ayer can’t do SS2 by ’20 if it’s a fair sized hit. He doesn’t have anything else lined up after SS comes out. Maybe he’d take on something else in the DCEU, but if not, SS2 is a good bet.

      • Maximillian Pegasus

        He’s doing a movie with Will Smith.

        • Victor Thomas

          Yeah it’s a Netflix movie called bright written by Max landis

  • Carl

    Finally! They put someone in charge of the whole thing. What about Marvel’s clear blueprint for success was too good for WB to copy before the BvS debacle? No one cares that Coke and Pepsi are nearly the same, they are both good products that people enjoy. lol

    P.S. Coke is my favorite but I like Pepsi too and switch to it for a change every once in awhile.

    • SonOfKrpton

      Woah. This is possibly the first positive comment regarding DC that I’ve heard from you.

      Good on you, Carl.

      • Carl

        Well thanks but it’s certainly not the first. I’m happy about Supergirl getting a 2nd season and moving to CW too.

      • SAMURAI36

        only give him too much credit. That last statement from him was completely back-handed.

  • henryducard

    I’ve been asking for this for awhile now and this news just made my day. Thank you WB for being smart and letting someone who knows about dc heroes make decisions about dc heroes.

  • theClownPrinceOfTrolls

    Lol dc is a ? show.

  • theClownPrinceOfTrolls

    Meanwhile at marvel cw bout to cross a billion dollars.

    Dc/wb making changes all over the place lol directors quitting, actors becoming producera, other people being brought in to oversee the dccu. Logo changes ect lol dc/wb looking like amateurs.

    • Marquis de Sade

      Yeah, on the outside lookin’ in, it definitely appears that WB is in PANIC-MODE.

  • Investigatin Detective

    I love Johns as a writer. I want to believe this is good news; but it seems a bit weird that they still have Berg in charge (gotta keep Affleck happy) and both Johns and Berg report to totally different parts of the studio. Feels more like WB set up a lightening rod to take hits. How much can Johns really do to course correct the current slate? WW is done, SS is done and JL is already shooting. Realistically it will be 2018 before we see anything Johns had a real hand in. Assuming of course he lasts that long if JL repeats BVS’ numbers.

    • Marquis de Sade

      Yep! It still seems like WB is adhering to their “TOO MANY CHIEFS, NOT ENOUGH INDIANS” management model.

      • Investigatin Detective

        They seem to desperately want to hold onto their image as a talent friendly studio but there’s a degree of control/oversight needed on shared universes. It feels like they want to be in business with specific people more than make the universe stand up. If Margot Robbie wants to make a Harley movie great but find a place to fit it. If Ben Affleck wants his preferred producer/writer then great. Find a project that works. Don’t install them on whatever is next. Berlanti did a great job with the TV universe and we want him to stay so give him a movie too. Do any of these fit their larger plan? Do they even have a larger plan?

        Johns is REALLY big on planning ahead. Blackest Night was seeded years before it hit the stands and that would be something I’d like to see from DC. Not this smash everything together quickly to make money bs. Money will come eventually. Just build the damn foundation and THEN throw everything in.

        • SAMURAI36

          You’ve been making huge leaps here. Never once did Berlanti say he was directing anything. And Margot is not “making a Harley” movie. This is how all the negative (& usually FALSE) rumors get spread.

          • HeavyCat

            I agree with you on something, that’s a new one! 😀

          • Marquis de Sade

            Uhhhh, in regards to Berlanti wanting to make a movie, Investigatin was speaking in hyperthetical’s…And Robie does want to make a Harley Quinn solo movie, and presented the idea to the WB execs, who was (reportedly) keen on the idea.
            Stop bein’ so emotional, Sammy!

    • SAMURAI36

      You do realize that Berg was involved in TDK trilogy too, yes?
      Also, Johns is the exec producer over all the films you named. Watch the SS squad trailer, & see his name in the production titles.

      • Investigatin Detective

        Again. The exec producer does not always have a creative hand in the production. People get exec producer titles all the time and have literally nothing to do with the production. Also keep in mind he is being promoted to exec producer on JL. At this point even if he wanted creative input it’s not happening without a huge financial cost to the studio. Ball is already rolling. So yes, he’s an exec producer on their full slate (now) but how much he’s been involved is questionable. Still hoping for good things moving forward with him. Just suspect that they gave him a chaperone.

        • SAMURAI36

          Well, clearly he has had some sort of direct involvement on a production level, because A) they don’t just promote people to these lofty titles & roles, without some aspect of having proved themselves already. And you do realize that Johns got his start in film, yes?
          Also, Johns has been the exec producer for the DCEU this entire time. I recall them naming Affleck exec producer of JL, but Johns was not included in that announcement.
          Not sure why you’re trying to downplay his role here, especially when several people, from Affleck to Snyder to Raven have all vetted his contributions to the DCEU. Johns has always been that guy, which is why I have such a problem with people trying to paint this as some sort of “Corporate Shakeup”.
          No such thing happened here. Johns is pretty much precisely what he’s already been doing. Jon Berg (as I mentioned, which you didn’t respond to) has been in his same role since TDK trilogy. So where’s the shakeup? Did Snyder get removed? Did Raven get replaced? Did Uslan step down? The answers to this, is a resounding NO. All the same players are involved, & pretty much in their same roles, with the exception of Johns apparently getting a pay raise (if you notice, the original THR article never once names Johns’s mew official title).

          • Investigatin Detective

            So the argument you’re making is that this isn’t a shakeup at all and everything is business as usual? Curious then why everyone is reporting it and why the EIC of this site called it a major shakeup 2 weeks ago.

          • SAMURAI36

            So because Umberto reports it, that makes it true? I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt, & say you’re smarter than that.
            Please point out to me in the ORIGINAL article, where the shake up is, aside from them using the words “shake up”.
            I’ll wait….

          • Marquis de Sade

            As reported by THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER; VARIETY; COLLIDER, etc…Also the issues with THE SUICIDE SQUAD, and the real reasons on why WB ordered the reshoots…As it turns out, the third act was a MESS!

            https://youtu.be/FV6R-7JHTw0

          • Joseph

            Wait, you’re saying that Geoff Johns so-called “promotion” is NOT giving him any new responsibilities? But the description in the article made it seem that way. I get your point about them not stating a specific new job title, but it did say:
            “The pair would have absolute oversight over the upcoming slate of DC Films and will be head of the new DC Films division launched by WB.”
            Did Geoff Johns already have absolute oversight beforehand? And isn’t “Head of the NEW DC Films division” basically his new job title? It sounds like they created a brand new film division, and a new chain of command, no? Maybe I’m reading it wrong, but all of all these articles are making it seem as though this is a new Kevin-Feige-type role that was created, where Johns would be able to make executive creative decisions on any DC movie. If that’s all rubbish and rumors, I’d like to know.

          • SAMURAI36

            Wait, you’re saying that Geoff Johns so-called “promotion” is NOT giving him any new responsibilities? But the description in the article made it seem that way.

            I’m saying nothing of the sort. However, what I am saying, is based on things Johns himself has said, I’m getting the impression that the whole of his responsibilities are more lateral than ascendant.

            He’s already a part of the DC Brain Trust, which hasn’t changed. He’s still CCO, which hasn’t changed. He was already working with Berg, which obviously hasn’t changed. He’s still physically present on the sets of all the films, which hasn’t changed. He’s still reporting to the exact same person, which according to the article, hasn’t changed. He was already the go-to guy for info (based on both Affleck & Snyder), & that obviously won’t change either.

            What’s more, he was co-writing the solo Batman film since almost a year ago, so this new announcement bears no effect on that. And, Berg was initially in charge of the Vertigo film slate. It doesn’t sound like that’s changing all that much, other than Geoff taking some of those responsibilities as well.

            I get your point about them not stating a specific new job title, but it did say:
            “The pair would have absolute oversight over the upcoming slate of DC Films and will be head of the new DC Films division launched by WB.”
            Did Geoff Johns already have absolute oversight beforehand? And isn’t “Head of the NEW DC Films division” basically his new job title? It sounds like they created a brand new film division, and a new chain of command, no?

            Well first off, “DC Films” is not really new. They’ve been using that title for the better part of 2 years.
            Second, “Head” is not really a title of any official capacity (that I’ve ever heard of). For that matter, the article even gets his current title wrong (Chief Content Officer, instead of Chief Creative Officer).
            And how is the “chain of command” any different? The same people are involved in the Brain Trust that were already involved, & e are not hearing that their roles are any different.

            Maybe I’m reading it wrong, but all of all these articles are making it seem as though this is a new Kevin-Feige-type role that was created, where Johns would be able to make executive creative decisions on any DC movie. If that’s all rubbish and rumors, I’d like to know.

            No, you’re not reading it wrong, & that is what they seem to be trying to imply in the article. Which is why I kinda have a bit of an issue with the way the article is written. They spend a lot of time throwing in conjecture, based on a lot of the unverified rumors that are already in circulation.

          • Math

            Come on Sam… Why would they announce change in management if nothing really changed? Purely as a PR move to calm everyone down? I’ll give it to you that there is a lack of clear explanation about how exactly their roles are changing, but it’s kind of obvious that WB weren’t happy about how things unfolded and they decided to give more power to these guys so they have final say over the rest of the team. It`s kind of obvious they used to have a say, but now they have final say (except for who they report too obviously).

          • SAMURAI36

            Well, THEY didn’t announce anything. In fact, every article reporting this specifically stated “WB declined to comment.

            THR “broke” the news, & then Geoff himself gave a press conference, where he revealed even less info than the articles did.

            See, as a long time DC enthusiast, I’ve come to learn that DC is extremely conservative when it comes to how they disseminate information. It’s something that I’ve learned to be okay with, although, in today’s day & age, I can see how that might frustrate some folks, which could lead to rumors being created & spread, which is the part that I don’t like.

          • Math

            Johns did say “You can connect the dots.” which is as close a confirmation as we are going to get.

            Either way, the only thing that matters is the final product put on the screen and only time will tell if they are doing it right.

    • LupeX

      lol you’re living up to your name. Im just giggiling seeing ignorant haters saying ‘Yes, BvS was trash and hated by absolutely everyone and WB is so disappointed in it so this is the fall out’ LOL
      OK, Im gald you;re happy. You were right! 😉

      • SAMURAI36

        Precisely. Which shows that people didn’t even read the original article. For all the info that it gave, there are huge chunk of info that are missing. Not to mention, a lot of it was based on rumor-based conjecture; the article attempts to debunk one rumor, while perpetuating and/or laying ground to a few others.

        The reality is, while I’m definitely happy for Geoff, as he absolutely deserves it, this is still business as usual. Nothing’s really changed, especially since the article doesn’t name his “new title” (one of many missing ley pieces of info); is he still the CCO (which the article states)? Or something else?

        And Berg is STILL the exec VP, which is exactly what he’s always been. So, what’s the difference, really?

        • hobbes

          What’s different? Well, DC Films is new and different, and Johns will presumably have more authority in his role as a producer. These are strategic changes, people may not get new titles, but the focus of their position is different and, more importantly, more specific.

          The original article, which you claimed to read, even spelled it out for you.

          “Now, instead of a broad range of movies to oversee, executives will be charged with managing “genre streams” while reporting to Warner Bros. Pictures president Greg Silverman. In many cases, these streams formalize interests and specialties for specific executives.”

          • SAMURAI36

            What’s different? Well, DC Films is new and different,

            How, exactly? You’re not coming close to answering my question. Especially since “DC Films” has been active since shortly after BVS went into production. What exactly is different from what they’ve been doing?

            and Johns will presumably have more authority in his role as a producer.

            What’s the difference in his role as it’s been up till recently, vs what his “new” position is now? Can you outline the differences?

            These are strategic changes, people may not get new titles, but the focus of their position is different and, more importantly, more specific.

            You do realize that you didn’t really say anything, right?

            original article, which you claimed to read, even spelled it out for you.

            The article in general, & especially the paragraph you quoted, did no such thing. That paragraph in particular had less to do with DC, & more to do with WB studios as a whole.
            Neither you nor anyone else can answer these questions, because the article doesn’t give those answers. And neither did Geoff Johns himself, in his recent press conference on the subject. All anyone is doing, is speculating on the subject, nothing more.

  • LupeX

    This is cool, very smart DC Films. I see what you did there 😉

  • theClownPrinceOfTrolls

    Marvel took a mid-level Bench player hero and formed a dynasty

    DC has the biggest sluggers ever and can’t get it together

  • theClownPrinceOfTrolls

    Just reboot and offer Noland 4 5 billion $ to raise dc from the ashes.

    • DarkoCool

      Why would we want a wimpy Batman just because he gave us a fantastic Joker?

      • theClownPrinceOfTrolls

        27% thats why.

  • Edberg

    I’ll miss you!!

  • theClownPrinceOfTrolls

    Meanwhile samuraidcturd went missing. If you are wondering about his whereabouts.. hes here in these photos. Say your wishes and goodbyes.

  • O.G. Loc

    I don’t know why some people think this is bad news.
    I’m glad with what I saw with MoS and BvS. But now I’m even more excited. The only way I could’ve been more excited was if Affleck was their “Kevin Feige”. But that’s unrealistic due to his schedules as a director/actor/producer etc.
    The biggest problem with BvS, imo, was the editing. But that’s only because the movie was so long, and it was so long because they had too many people saying “we need this, and we need that”. I believe if they had just left it to Snyder to do what he wanted, he would’ve made a Batman vs Superman movie. Doomsday, Lex, the Justice League… All things I think could’ve been done better, if the movie wasn’t initially just about Batman and Superman.
    Now they have a guy, or two, who can order specifically what they want.

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