Major shake up at the top of DC Films.
For all of the charm of seeing some of the world’s most recognizable characters onscreen, along with its visual spectacle, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE was a pretty dour way to spend two-and-a-half hours. Zack Snyder’s depiction of the Man of Steel was unlike anything we’d seen on screen before: distant, reluctant, and pretty depressed. That’s all about to change if Geoff Johns has any say in it.
And now he does! Johns has a long history in the comic world, writing for various titles like Flash, Green Lantern; he’s dabbled on the small screen for the CW shows, SMALLVILLE, and THE FLASH; and in 2010 he was tabbed as the Chief Creative Officer at DC Comics. Now he (along with Jon Berg) will head up the newly appointed DC Films department, a subsidiary under Warner Bros. which will only handle comic book film properties.
This is all good news, especially for fans of the DC universe. Johns already was handling writing duties alongside Ben Affleck on the upcoming film, THE BATMAN, but now he’ll handle a more omnipresent position similar to what Kevin Feige does so successfully over at Marvel Studios. Who gets affected by this position creation? Mostly Snyder who will no doubt be forced to relinquish some of his vision in upcoming films. In the very near future, nothing much will change as THE SUICIDE SQUAD, WONDER WOMAN, and THE JUSTICE LEAGUE are all finished, or currently filming (hello reshoots). We’ll notice the full force of his imagination later on down the road when THE FLASH, CYBORG, and THE GREEN LANTERN CORP. eventually land in theatres.
“Hope and optimism,” were two words that Johns reiterated over and over in a recent interview with Vulture. And really, that’s all we need. Characters to rally around, that wear bright, identifiable costumes, and enjoy being heroes. Let’s leave the gloominess to real life.