When it was first announced that DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns had been put in charge of DC Films, most fans saw this as a good sign for the developing DC Extended Universe. Since Johns arrived at DC he has become known for revitalizing old properties and characters, bringing back such characters to prominence like Barry Allen/Flash and Hal Jordan/Green Lantern. His awareness of what makes these heroes work as well as a true love of the characters has recently helped DC fix it’s ‘troubled’ New 52 comic lineup with the ongoing Rebirth event.
Johns, along with DC Entertainment co-producer Jon Berg, has announced that following the negative critical and fan response from the Zack Snyder-helmed Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the upcoming Justice League will be making some adjustments for a lighter tone of the film. This is of course compared to the grim and serious DC films we’ve seen over the last few years, which Johns further commented on:
“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.”
In that same announcement, he went on to discuss that Justice League will address the hyper-violent Batman we saw in Dawn of Justice who was willing to kill Superman, not to mention the number of thugs taken out as collateral damage in the film. Presumably, the hope he describes within Batman will take him out of the darkness we saw in BvS, which while fitting for the Dark Knight Returns tone the film was rooted in, may not fit as well in a team dynamic. He also promised less of what were described as Snyder’s “controversial flourishes” like the multiple dream and Knightmare sequences that were so divisive among fans.
We’ve seen a few of these adjustments and lighter tone attempts with the recent release of Suicide Squad, with many reports of studio edits adding to the equally negative response the film has received in the last few weeks. With DC three movies into their Extended Universe – Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad – and three more currently under in production – Wonder Woman, Justice League, Aquaman– this shift in creative ideals seems like a welcome change that could really pay off for the cinematic Justice League.
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes ‘Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash’ it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Is a lighter tone what Justice League needs to beat the slow start of the DC Extended Universe? Are you happy we’ll see less of Snyder’s personal touch on these films or do you want to see more of his “controversial flourishes?” Let us know in the comments section below or join the discussion on the Geek Facebook page!
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