DC Films' Johns And Berg Talk Strategies And More

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So a few days ago, The Wall Street Journal had an interview with Geoff Johns and Jon Berg, who are both manning the DC Films group for Warner Brothers, and in the interview they discussed some key things and confirmed a few things.

Many have criticised that DC films are too grim or dark, personally I don't see that, but Johns sees differently on this.

“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,” said Johns, who is a DC Comics aficionado having written many comics and arcs for comics, television and now film. “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.”

While Johns is more of the optimist, Berg feels more like the realist stating that more appreciation wouldn't go astray.

“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 Berg, who spoke from Leavesden Studios in London where Justice League is being filmed. Zack Snyder is a few weeks away from completing a five-month shoot.
Justice League has been stated to be less dour than Batman v Superman by Chris Terrio in a separate interview two weeks before BvS hit cinemas. Terrio saying the following: 

I thought, “I’m not done with this yet. I want to go back and keep telling the story.” “Batman v Superman” is a bit of an “Empire Strikes Back” or “Two Towers” or any similar middle film in a trilogy. The middle film tends to be the darkest one. I do think from “Man of Steel” through “Justice League,” it is one saga really.

I expect “Justice League” will be tonally not quite as dark as “Batman v Superman.” From that point of view, I felt compelled to go back and try to lift us and myself into a different tonal place because I think when you write a darker film, sometimes you want to redeem it all a bit.

In conjunction to this Berg commented on accelerating the hopeful tone of these films.“We accelerated the story to get to the hope and optimism a little faster,” said Berg.

It has been confirmed that in Justice League Batman’s extreme actions will see the fruits of its repercussions and the film itself will have less blasé events such as the Knightmare sequence in Batman v Superman, where knowing some of the lore would come in handy.
Another confirmation is of the casting of Deathstroke in Ben Affleck's Batman. Slade Wilson will be played by Joe Manganiello and will be the film's main antagonist to Ben's Batman.

Given his new status and role Johns has taken a step back from comic book and TV duties as he is busy working with Berg on the film slate for DC Films.

Fuelled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Justice League is directed by Zack Snyder and stars Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash, Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner James Gordon, Amber Heard as Mera, and Willem Dafoe as Vulko,

Justice League hits theatres November 17, 2017

Wonder Woman is slated for release on June 2, 2017; followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash, Harley Quinn spinoff, a Man of Steel sequel, a Batman solo movie, and a Justice League Dark film are currently without release dates.

Source: WSJ

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