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Monday, May 16, 2016

Shakedown in DC-Warner Bros. because of Batman V Superman Failure

There has been major reshufflings and re-adjustings over at Warner Bros. Pictures because of the disappointment over "Batman V Superman" which was expected to rake in billions so that it could keep up with the large investments the studio did in focusing on the film and its marketing. WB is now bent on making major changes in the management of DC Entertainment-centered films. [hit the jump to continue]

According to several news sources, current executive VP Jon Berg and Geoff Johns, DC's chief content officer who successfully launched the comics label's foray into television, will co-run DC Films. The shuffle, as well as Berg and Johns' new positions, come as other changes are being implemented on the DC movies. For example, Ben Affleck was recently made executive producer on "Justice League", upping his creative involvement when it comes to all things Batman and perhaps beyond.

Warner Bros. parted ways with screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith, who was to have made his directorial debut with "The Flash". In another example of post-BvS fallout, the studio didn’t feel confident in a first-time helmer and is now looking for a more seasoned filmmaker who can not only handle a large $150 million-plus movie but who can also have an authoritative stamp.

And the studio is working to smooth out the third act of "Suicide Squad", its big August movie from director David Ayer that could change the perception of its DC line. The pic’s trailers have generated massive positive interest in the all-star actioner that features DC villains, and the studio wants to make sure audiences’ expectations are not only met but exceeded.

"Suicide Squad" recently went under major additional photography (multiple sources say it was not to add humor) to clear up the issues. Sources say it was "Suicide Squad" that escalated Johns’ involvement in DC movies (he was already co-writing the next "Batman" standalone with Affleck) and he is involved in the film’s post-production.
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