Today Variety broke extremely shocking news regarding the DC Cinematic Universe. It was revealed that Warner Bros. is now going to undergo a significant restructuring after what they felt was a disappointing box office yield from this fall’s Justice League. The outlet revealed that the current head of DC Films, Jon Berg, will be stepping down as the head and will be shifted to a different position in the studio.
The official statement made by Warner Bros. Picture Group President Toby Emmerich on the matter is as follows:
“This is something that Jon approached me about six months ago, and he expressed his goal was to ultimately be a producer at the studio. I first met Jon when, as a producer, he brought ‘Elf’ to New Line, which remains one of the best and most evergreen titles in the library. We’re thrilled that Jon is partnering with Roy and anticipate their company being a valuable source of movies for Warner Bros. and New Line.”
Berg will be joining Roy Lee, the producer of Lego Movie and IT, as a producer on the lot.
Justice League is now being considered the lowest grossing film in the DCEU, grossing $572 million worldwide. Concerns started coming to light when an early cut of the film was screened for studio executives drew alarm for its dark tone. This was an issue that many people complained about after viewing Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman. This was less of an issue with Suicide Squad, which had its own issues, and with Wonder Woman.
Despite the lack of financial success, Warner Bros. does believe that Justice League succeeded in introducing both the Flash (Ezra Miller) and Aquaman (Jason Momoa) to the general audience. A solo Aquaman film will be released next year and the standalone Flash film is still in the works. There are still plans for a Wonder Woman sequel that is theorized to be taking place during the Cold War.
A replacement for Berg is currently underway. The DC overhaul should happen in January.