We’ve been hearing for a while that changes had to be made over at DC Entertainment. The company, which includes DC Comics and DC Films, has been getting a lot of flack for what Warner Bros. considers poor reception of their recent release ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.’ Though it did fairly well at the box office ($348.7M domestic & $870M global), the studio had expected a much bigger return, felt it was underwhelming and is in what they are calling a “dry spell.”
As such, Warner Bros., mainly CEO Kevin Tsujihara, is considering even more management changes which could come as soon as the next six months. Chief Creative Officer of DC Comics Geoff Johns was recently given the responsibility of molding the future for the DC Extended Universe, and no longer director Zack Snyder. That was big. But what more could be coming? The biggest targets are said to be production chief Greg Silverman, who just renewed his deal in January, and Sue Kroll, president of worldwide marketing and distribution.
Are there even more shake-ups? According to James Wan, director of Warner Bros./DC Entertainment’s Aquaman, it isn’t as bad as you may be hearing.
To be honest, it’s not as dramatic as the press is making it out to be – from what I’m seeing. And right now I’m seeing everything as more an outsider looking into this box. So from that perspective, it’s really cool that it’s not crazy, crazy dramatic. I think it’s great. Geoff Johns is super talented, super smart. Part of what got me excited about the Aquaman character is his re-envisioning of Aquaman, the character, with The New 52. And that’s super exciting. And I’m working very closely with him, and I want to work with him very closely to shape the story that I want to tell.
Wan spoke directly on the ‘shake-up’ news as of late, to which the director couldn’t help but chuckle.
Whatever these “shake-ups” are, I don’t actually see them. If anything, like anything to do with my fricking career, I read about them in the trades, I read them all over the internet! And people are asking me this and I’m like, ‘Huh? What?’ [laughs] Just like I found out all these things. And so I’m not privy to necessarily what’s going – partially because I was so busy with trying to finish up ‘Conjuring 2.’
It seems that the reason it hasn’t affected Wan or his Aquaman project is that Warner Bros. is looking at the more immediate future. That means all eyes are on Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Justice League, and The Flash films.
Aquaman will likely begin filming in 2017 for a 2018 release.