The early years of the DCEU have been seemingly hampered by studio interference and behind the scenes reshuffling, with David Ayer’s Suicide Squad maybe the obvious instance of one thing that bore the fingerprints of heavy-handed meddling. Though, Joss Whedon was additionally mentioned to have been instructed to maintain the operating time of Justice League under two hours after he boarded the venture.
President of DC Leisure Diane Nelson and Warner Bros. President of Artistic Growth Greg Silverman have been initially the driving forces behind the shared universe, however following the frustration that greeted Batman V Superman: Daybreak of Justice, the separate DC Movies division was established. Geoff Johns and Jon Berg have been initially tasked with spearheading the DCEU, however solely lasted a little bit over eighteen months earlier than being changed by Walter Hamada, which is an awfully excessive turnover charge for such a high-profile franchise.
We’ve beforehand heard that Johns reportedly performed an enormous function in Ben Affleck’s choice to bow out of the function of Batman, and now on-line tipster Grace Randolph has claimed that not solely is DC’s former Chief Artistic Officer broadly unpopular at Warner Bros., however he actively tried to pressure Zack Snyder out of the director’s chair on Justice League.
“Johns is just about the one who was liable for Zack Snyder getting changed by Joss Whedon. He did it behind his again… Geoff Johns is just about disliked by everyone. I hear Jim Lee is beloved, he’s so nice, however Geoff Johns was banished from Birds of Prey, and he was head of the DCEU for a scorching minute, and that’s what allowed him to try this to Zack Snyder, however everyone hated him and so he bought banished to the DC Universe streaming service.”
These are some fairly daring accusations to make, particularly when Snyder abruptly left Justice League as a consequence of a household tragedy, and should by no means have had any intention of returning to finish the film in any respect. Nonetheless, we’ve heard a number of instances through the years that Geoff Johns was a detrimental affect behind the scenes, and the continued help behind the Snyder Reduce makes it fairly clear that as quickly because the filmmaker was out of the image, his authentic imaginative and prescient for the superhero team-up was closely compromised.