DC Entertainment Universe and Warner Bros.has been getting the sharper end of the stick these days. Fans and critics have been nothing but brutal with their criticism of the studio’s last three releases. Zack Snyder’s movies- Man Of Steel and Batman v Superman: The Dawn Of Justice were especially badly received even though they were worldwide hits with critics calling the film too dark and serious.Their rival Marvel Studios, on the other hand, had been getting positive reactions from their films which is of the same genre.The reason being that Marvel has a sense of humor in all their films as compared to the DCEU films.
After the bad reviews that Batman Vs Superman recieved, Warner Bros. ordered reshoots to be done on their then third project Suicide Squad to give it more humor. That move has initially worked in their favor as the movie just broke Man of Steel’s record at the box office. But Suicide Squad was also damned near to hell by early reviewers and fans who felt unsatisfied by the movie. It has seemed like a damned if they do, damned if they don’t situation for the studio but that has not stopped Fox and DCEU from trying to please their core audience.
Warner Bros. has switched things up in their offices, installing DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns as the head of a new arm at WB, DC Films.It was one of the studio’s biggest moves that they ever made. Johns has been on a mission to redo the short history that DCEU has made and helped change the course of future DC movies. Johns spoke with Wall Street Journal recently about the new venture:
“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.”
Johns also promised that there will be fewer of Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder’s “controversial flourishes” in Justice League and that he and Warner VP Jon Berg are “trying to take a really hard look at everything to make sure we stay true to the characters and tell stories that celebrate them.” Justice League director Snyder has also changed his outlook on the film after the harsh criticism:
“[The hate] did catch me off guard.I have had to, in my mind, make an adjustment. I do think that the tone of Justice League has changed because of what the fans have said.”