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DC Movie Producer Jon Berg Exits Warner Bros., Joins Roy Lee Banner

08 December 2017

Though the over-$800-million worldwide gross for "Batman v Superman" cushioned the blow for Warner Bros., Variety reported that the studio was concerned by the dark tone of the "Justice League" script and was hoping for something lighter.

The film was meant to be the studio's answer to Marvel's The Avengers, but as a comparable superhero pic Justice League has been grossing far less at the box office than WB had hoped, and reviews have been unkind.

The Warner Bros. film executive in charge of production on the studio's DC superhero films is stepping down after the disappointment of the big-budget movie "Justice League", in the latest shake-up related to the blockbuster franchise. Toby Emmerich, president of Warner Bros.

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. No word yet on who will replace Jon Berg at the helm of DC Films, but WB will likely want to name his successor sooner rather than later - particularly with Aquaman on the horizon. Berg will step down from the studio's executive ranks and become a producer on the lot, the company said Thursday. "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". Expect all of this to be worked out by January once Hollywood rings in the new year. For comparison, Marvel conducts its movie division autonomously despite being owned by Disney, while Fox and Sony create their superhero flicks beneath the studio's overall banner.

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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.

The decision for restructuring, of course, follows after those at Time Warner (Warner Bros.' corporate leaders) expressed that they are "unhappy with the financial performance of Justice League".

In addition, it's suggested further changes include that both Jon Berg and Geoff Johns will not be receiving full producer credits on future DCEU movies like they did with Justice League.

The decision for restructuring comes after Justice League has brought in just $572 million worldwide, making it the lowest grossing film in the DCEU by nearly $100 million. The studio is "still developing a standalone Flash feature".

DC Movie Producer Jon Berg Exits Warner Bros., Joins Roy Lee Banner