Hm. Now this is actually a rumour I heard a week or so ago: that producer Charles Roven who has been very hands on on just about every DC superhero movie from Batman Begins on, would have his role diminished as part of the restructuring of DC Films.
My first response to this rumour was “who?” Because even though his IMDB page is littered with movies that you and I adore, he hasn’t really been front and center in promoting and explaining that film slate. No problem there, just he wasn’t the kind of executive who would come out and reassure everyone that Superman’s tights would be the right color. Or maybe I just wasn’t paying attention.
According to reports, Roven will no longer be the hands-on producer of the Flash and Aquaman movies, bur he’s continuing on with the already in production Justice League film.
Talks are underway to have Roven — who was a producer on Zack Snyder’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, as well as the recently completed Suicide Squad, next year’s Wonder Woman and Justice League — segue to a different role going forward, likely that of an executive producer who is not involved in day-to-day production. However, he potentially could continue to be a producer on some sequels to the movies he’s currently producing.
The extent of Roven’s involvement, and which titles he would work on, is “evolving,” according to multiple sources, who also stress that no final decisions have been made.
“Roven is a key member of not only the DC slate but of the Warner Bros. family,” says a studio spokesman.
Obviously, there are many moving parts as WB tries to get the DC movie-verse more in line with the vision of Ben Affleck and newly minted DC Film co-heads Geoff Johns and Jon Berg and away from the Zack Sndyer/Roven axis. And just incase you were wondering about the new heads of DC Films, Affleck thinks Johns is “a genius” so this is going swimmingly.
Speaking of Johns, his busy day yesterday included an appearance on Seth Meyers:
PS: next time I hear a tip from this particular source I’ll pay more attention!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.