Warner Brothers to Restructure DC Universe, Also Likely to Recast Batman


Justice League may have brought together several of the most iconic superheroes of all time on the big screen, but three weeks after its release the movie has made just $573 million worldwide. It was supposed to be DC’s answer to The Avengers, but now it is looking unlikely to match the box office numbers of even Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice or Suicide Squad, much less surpass them. Warner Brothers is expected to lose $50-$100 million on the project, which needs $750 million just to break even. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that the studio is planning some major changes to the DC Universe, although at this point it is unclear whether it can be salvaged at all. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

According to Variety, Warner Brothers is planning a major shake-up of its DC Films division. Co-president of production and co-chairman of DC Films Jon Berg will be vacating his position to become a production partner with Roy Lee (The Lego Movie). Geoff Johns will continue to serve as DC Entertainment’s chief creative officer, but neither are likely to be full on producers for future DC movies. WB is also looking to integrate the DC Films division more closely with the rest of the studio in order to keep closer tabs on what is happening.

When it comes to future DC films, we are hearing that Zack Snyder is not expected to direct any other installments, although he will still produce a handful in the immediate future including Wonder Woman 2 and Aquaman. We are also hearing that Ben Affleck will appear as Batman in The Flash movie, but after that they are likely to recast the role for Matt Reeves’ The Batman. Wonder Woman has already proven to be a hit and clearly they still have hope for some of the solo characters that were introduced in Justice League, which is perhaps why they are choosing not to simply reboot the entire universe. Do you think this is a step in the right direction? What else can Warner Brothers do to save the DC Universe?

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  • David

    Warner Brothers is moving for tighter control? I think Warner Brothers itself is the problem. They can recast and move the deck chairs in management, but that won’t fix their mismanagement of the franchise.

  • 1138sw

    Man Warner Bros is screwed up and has been screwed up with their DC properties for a long time. WB’s inability to maximize a huge DC catalogue of Characters and stories to full affect is really really mind boggling.

    Their movie DC history is littered with massive hits and massive failures with no consistency whatsoever. They had a 40 year head start on Marvel with Superman: The Movie back in the 70’s and still Marvel is lightyears a head of them.

    Really disappointing too cause even though I enjoy the MCU my fave characters will always be Supes and Batman and seeing them relegated to 40+ years of mismanagement is really a bummer.

  • Glen

    I don’t understand why we still believe the accounting practices of movie studios.
    This movie will likely end up making over a billion dollars (theatrical, DVDs, Bluray, cable, VOD, etc) when it’s all over & the studios will STILL say it lost money.