Earlier today Geoff Johns confirmed to The Wall Street Journal that Joe Manganiello would be portraying Deathstroke in Ben Affleck's The Batman.
Following this revelation, the DC Entertainment head sat down to discuss the future of the DC Expanded Universe. Joined by Jon Berg, the pair stressed that they're aiming to make these movies more optimistic moving forward and are eager to tell stories that honour these iconic characters.
"Mistakenly in the past I think the studio has said, ‘Oh, DC films are gritty and dark and that’s what makes them different.’ That couldn’t be more wrong," Johns explained. "It’s a hopeful and optimistic view of life. Even Batman has a glimmer of that in him. If he didn’t think he’d make tomorrow better, he’d stop."
They went on to reveal that Justice League will address Batman's actions in Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, including the torture of criminals and trying to kill Superman.
"To have these characters be part of the fabric of pop culture is so rewarding, though of course we’re disappointed the movies weren’t better reviewed," said Berg regarding the critical reaction to their first few movies. However, the DC Expanded Universe will be altering course with Justice League attempting to make this beloved universe much more inspiring and optimistic. Berg and Johns revealed that they worked closely with writer Chris Terrio to change the tone of the movie.
"We accelerated the story to get to the hope and optimism a little faster."
It's no secret that the DC Expanded Universe is looking to alter its course ever so slightly following the response to their last few films, but it certainly sounds as though Johns and Berg have a plan they're ready to put in motion. "We’re trying to take a really hard look at everything to make sure we stay true to the characters and tell stories that celebrate them."
The future seems bright for the DC Expanded Universe and fans should get genuinely excited for what's to come - it's going to be one hell of a ride!
Source: The Wall Street Journal
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