It has been an interesting year for Warner Bros. and their DC Extended Universe projects. While Suicide Squad was a financial success, critical response to the film was mixed, at best. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, on other hand, was largely lambasted by critics and was not the billion dollar box office hit the studio has hoped it would be.
The response from Warner Bros. were a series of behind-the-scene shakeups designed to change the direction of the studios DCEU projects. Among those affected were producer Charles Roven, who relinquished his duties on future DC projects The Flash and Aquaman. Justice League producerCharles Roven spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the shakeups and discussed the future of DC films.
Charles Roven discussed the decision to remove him from future DC projects and clarified the nature of his role on current DC films.
“The studio made me the producer of all the DC movies, and they announced eight. When we finished the [timetable], we looked at each other and said, ‘This is incredibly ambitious, but we haven’t taken into consideration if something goes wrong.’ We also hadn’t decided where we were going to shoot those movies. As difficult as it was for me to commute from Toronto to London to Italy, it became really clear I couldn’t do the job that I do as a producer [with Aquaman likely to shoot in Australia]. I’m for sure producing the sequels of the movies that I have made”
Roven explained how the upcoming Wonder Woman film would be different from previous entries in the DCEU.
“Wonder Woman is an origination story, so the whole dynamic and the plot moves are different than other DC movies. There’s also a great relationship between her and the guy [played by Chris Pine] who crash-lands on her island and is the trigger mechanism for her going back to man’s world.”
Roven explained that Justice League will have a different tone than Batman v. Superman.
“We knew we were making a very serious, compelling, driving film with Batman v. Superman. Now the bell has been rung and the whole tone of the movie is lighter.”
When asked if the budgets for sequels to Batman v. Superman or Suicide Squad would be lower as a result of lower-than-expected box office gross for both projects, Roven defended the financial success of both films.
“Suicide Squad made almost $750 million. Batman v. Superman did $873 million. Those two movies were huge hits.”
Justice League will be released in theater November 17, 2017.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter