Jon Berg and Geoff Johns to co-run DC Films
The Hollywood Reporter brings word of more changes at Warner Bros. with the revelation that executive VP Jon Berg and DC CCO Geoff Johns will be co-running the DC Films banner. The studio is reportedly hoping to emulate the success of Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige with the combined efforts of “a seasoned film exec and a comics veteran” as its captains. As a result of their new jobs, the pair will become producers on the Justice League movie.
The outlet reports that Johns’ involvement in the Suicide Squad film is what elevated his position at the studio, as he’s working with director David Ayer on the film’s post-production process. Johns is also co-writing the new solo-Batman movie with Ben Affleck. Berg, on the other hand, has worked at the executive level on Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, and Justice League, while also shepherding Ben Affleck’s other projects like Argo and Live by Night.
In related DC news, THR also notes the studio is still searching for a replacement director for The Flash following the departure of Seth Grahame-Smith. They report DC Films was uncomfortable with a first-time filmmaker helming the project and is seeking “a more seasoned filmmaker” who can not only handle the film’s massive budget but also put their own personal stamp on the feature.
Production is already underway for Justice League in London with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot reprising their roles as the DC Trinity, Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. Joining them are Jason Mamoa as Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, and Ezra Miller as The Flash. Amber Heard is set to play Queen Mera in the film as well before moving to the solo Aquaman movie in 2018, Willem Dafoe is appearing in a mystery role, with Jeremy Irons returning as Alfred Pennyworth and J.K. Simmons playing Commissioner Gordon.
Justice League will debut in theaters on November 10, 2017.