One of the on-going criticisms of the Warner Brothers approach to their burgeoning “DC Cinematic Universe” is that they have no Kevin Feige of their own to shepherd the various films into production and provide oversight on how they congeal into one unit.
For a while, it appeared as though David Goyer was somewhat being thrust into that role, as he had a hand in a number of DC-based properties like the television series Constantine, the proposed Sandman film, his involvement in both Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and others that are still yet to be announced as I understand it.
But today, based on an interview that Batman v Superman producer Charles Roven has given with Collider, the DC move brain-trust actually consists of a different group altogether:
I think also very much involved in that brain trust is John Berg, who is the executive vice president at Warner Bros. I would say the Snyders, myself, John Berg, and Geoff Johns would be sort of that Brain Trust… I’m working with great people. They’re all really great people. And not that we don’t—there are many times we agree, and there’s many times we don’t agree [and] we work it out.
While it’s not exactly one go-to person, it does at least indicate that there’s a group behind the scenes making sure everything pulls together in something approaching a plan. Geoff Johns’ involvement especially continues to grow in his role as Chief Creative Officer, and given that he’s rumored to be writing the new solo Batman film with Ben Affleck, perhaps he’s slipping into that architect role that Goyer may or may not have been filling.
Unlike Marvel, the Warner Bros team is not particularly transparent, so speculation ends up running fairly rampant. We’ll see the first real fruit of their labor this coming March.
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