The highly anticipated Justice League was finally released on Nov. 17, but it is shaping up to be one of DC Films' biggest disappointments.
Justice League marked the first time that Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and Flash (Ezra Miller) fought together to save the world. Warner Bros. Pictures hoped that they would reach the same success that Marvel Studios had with the first Avengers film in 2012. However, the Warner Bros. Pictures team was mistaken.
Justice League Issues
There were several problems associated with Justice League. One issue was the last-minute director change. Fan-favorite director Joss Whedon was brought onboard the project after Zack Snyder experienced a personal tragedy. Also, Warner Bros. executives rejected Snyder's first draft of the film because it would have been too dark. Steppenwolf, the film's antagonist, was also targeted by both executives and critics stated that the directors used way too much CGI effects on the villain. Another issue was reshooting crucial scenes in Sept. when the film was expected to be in theatres on Nov. 17.
The DC Films Overhaul
After Justice League failed to top the North American Box Office for the second week in the row, DC Films is preparing to undergo a massive reorganization overall. Jon Berg, who joined DC Films to assist Geoff Johns with running the company, has been designated as production partner and expected to work with Roy Lee. Berg joined the organization following 2016's controversial Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Johns, who was instrumental in the success of the CW's Arrowverse and the Wonder Woman film, is expected to remain with DC Comics with his current title. Johns is also likely to continue to answer Diane Nelson, president of DC Comics. However, it is unknown how his role will expand or decrease in this restructuring process.
DC Films' Future Projects
Aquaman is expected to be front and center next year as his solo film is expected to drop into theatres. Jason Momoa will reprise his role as the King of the Seven Seas and will be joined by Amber Heard's Mera. The James Wan-directed project is expected to debut on Dec. 21, 2018. Also, Gal Gadot and Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins are scheduled to return for the sequel. There are also plans for Flash and Shazam to have their adventures unfold on the silver screen.