September 8, 2016: The “Hopeful and Optimistic” Future of DC Films

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In a new interview with the Wall Street Journal, Geoff Johns and John Berg, the DCEU’s appointed senior creatives who are co-producing the upcoming “Justice League” movie, set the record straight on what the tone for films will be.

“Mistakenly in the past I think the studio has said, ‘Oh, DC films are gritty and dark and that’s what makes them different.’ That couldn’t be more wrong. It’s a hopeful and optimistic view of life. Even Batman has a glimmer of that in him. If he didn’t think he’d make tomorrow better, he’d stop.”

John Berg confirms that Warner Bros. has been disappointed at the critical reviews that both “Batman v Superman” and “Suicide Squad” received saying, “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.”

On the back of such backlash it was reported that Warner Bros. had pushed to have the tone of “Justice League” changed somewhat. Berg confirms that as well.

“We accelerated the story to get to the hope and optimism a little faster.”

This aim for “hope and optimism” isn’t just something Warner Bros. and DC Comics are aiming for in their films, it’s a company-wide approach, as seen in the comic books with the recent launch of the “Rebirth” era.

“We’re trying to take a really hard look at everything,” said Geoff Johns, “to make sure we stay true to the characters and tell stories that celebrate them.”

Source: Wall Street Journal

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