Big Changes For The DCEU Following Justice League Disappointment

Berg's exit comes as the studio reevaluates the direction of the DC superhero universe

Berg's exit comes as the studio reevaluates the direction of the DC superhero universe

Although studio executives hoped the struggling DC Extended Universe could turn a page with Justice League, the $300 million film proved polarizing with critics and fans, and has earned just $572 million worldwide.

"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", Emmerich said in a statement that made me wonder if Kevin Tsujihara had better things to do than address this problem... like addressing Johnny Depp's role in the studio's Fantastic Beasts franchise.

Variety reports that veteran producer Jon Berg, who a year ago was appointed alongside DC Entertainment's Geoff Johns to supervise the slate of films based on DC Comics properties, will step aside, and instead work as a production partner of Roy Lee (The LEGO Movie). Meant to be the DC's answer to The Avengers, Justice League pulled in just $572 million, a yield that has made it the lowest-earning DCEU movie by almost $100 million.

Johns is expected to continue serving as DC Entertainment's chief creative officer, but his contributions to the films may evolve and "could be more advisory in nature" according to Variety.

"Justice League" was a letdown after Warner turned out a hit in June with "Wonder Woman", which generated $822 million worldwide, with about half coming from the US and Canada.

Variety reports that Emmerich will immediately look to hire a new executive to oversee the DCEU, and that he's considering integrating DC's film operations into the main studio.

Further, Variety reports that Ben Affleck is expected to reprise his role as Batman in the upcoming Flashpoint film, though The Batman director Matt Reeves is said to be eyeing "fresh talent" to take the role in his film. This would mean that the cinematic side of the DCEU would be housed under the same division as the rest of the studios' films, and DC would no longer have a separate building on the Warner Bros. lot.

This is on the heels of his last two DC movies, "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "Justice League", both getting hammered by the critics. The trade also said that executives were concerned with the choice of doing a CGI Steppenwolf as the villain.