Zack Snyder, the visionary director who kicked off the DCEU with Man of Steel in 2013 is reportedly set to have a smaller role in the franchise going forward.
According to Mashable, the roles of Zack Snyder, as well as his wife and producer Deborah Snyder will significantly decrease in the future. Several sources confirmed to the site that the Snyder’s would no longer have the level of creative influence they have had with the franchise thus far, however, Warner Bros. Pictures Group president and chief content officer Toby Emmerich denied this and released a statement assuring that the Snyders would maintain a role in the DCEU:
“The Snyders remain an important part of the Warner Bros. family and are actively involved in several upcoming DC pictures, including their continued creative input on Justice League. We are excited about our partnership and look forward to our continued collaboration.”
In addition to Zack Snyder’s involvement, the role of Suicide Squad director David Ayer is also now in question. Ayer was announced in December to be helming the Harley Quinn led-spinoff Gotham City Sirens but the film was absent from Warner Bros. upcoming slate of DCEU films this past weekend during the studio’s presentation at San Diego Comic-Con. Sources close to the site said that Ayer will ultimately not remain a part of their plans for the project but Ayer’s reps denied this and assured that Ayer is still involved, revealing that the project is still in development as the script is still being written.
Although Joss Whedon has stepped in for Zack Snyder to helm extensive reshoots after the director’s tragedy, Snyder’s set pieces are reportedly still usable, with Whedon’s additional photography being used to improve the dialogue and add connective tissue in order to link sequences together. Moving forward Whedon will continue working in the DCEU as the director is set to bring Batgirl to the big screen.
As for Ayer’s possible exit, the director seemed to take a shot at Warner Bros. for his experience with Suicide Squad as he praised Netflix which his behind his new film Bright this weekend during the film’s panel in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con. As Ayer explained that the streaming service got out of his way or him to make the movie he wanted to make he explained the film “isn’t like, some bullshit standard issue studio PG-13 movie.” Suicide Squad being his only PG-13 movie to date.