In an The Wall Street Journal, Geoff Johns and Jon Berg who are co-running the DC Extended Universe, the revealed their plans for the franchise.
Geoff Johns, who’s also the Chief Creative Officer of DC Comics, recently bought new life into the DC Universe by creating the Rebirth event for the comics. An event that bought back the optimism and hope that many felt was missing in the New 52 since 2011. This plan has allowed DC Comics to rise to the top of sales with over 12 million comics being sold in just a couple of months and the second wave is upon us with the announcement of Justice League of America title, with little signs of slowing down.
The same criticism that the New 52 was given was also given to the DC Extended Universe, as the characters darker characteristics were the main focus of the films with little bright spots throughout. Although, writer Chris Terrio had said months ago that Justice League would be much lighter film than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, though Warner Bros. still decided to rethink their approach by having Geoff Johns work his magic from the comic book side of things and Warner Bros. executive VP Jon Berg from the film side of things.
GEOFF JOHNS ON APPLYING WHAT HE LEARNED WITH REBIRTH TO THE FILMS
“We’re trying to take a really hard look at everything to make sure we stay true to the characters and tell stories that celebrate them,” he said.
JON BERG ON THE TONE OF JUSTICE LEAGUE AND CHANGES MADE
“Justice League” was already intended to be less depressing than “Batman v Superman,” but Messrs Berg and Johns worked with Mr. Snyder and screenwriter Chris Terrio to make changes after gauging fan reactions to the superhero fight.
“We accelerated the story to get to the hope and optimism a little faster,” said Mr. Berg.
JON BERG ON HOW MUCH THEY CARE FOR THE CHARACTERS FROM THE JUSTICE LEAGUE SET
“To have these characters be part of the fabric of pop culture is so rewarding, though of course we’re disappointed the movies weren’t better reviewed,” said Mr. Berg. He spoke from the London set of “Justice League,” where Mr. Snyder is a few weeks away from completing a five-month shoot.
JON BERG ON GEOFF JOHNS CO-WRITING ALL THE ANNOUNCED FILMS IN THE DCEU
As he is writing screenplays and working with Mr. Berg to develop other coming DC movies including “Flash,” “Aquaman” and “Cyborg,” Mr. Johns has pulled back from his work on DC television shows and comic books.
Rebirth may not only bring new life into the comic book world of the New 52, but it’s also bring life into the film universe. Geoff Johns is a man who knows these characters backwards and forwards, so as long as they aren’t making changes to try to please everyone and they are making organic changes that work with the story, fans should be more than satisfied.