After the existential approach to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a new report from within Warner Bros. indicates the studio wants director Zack Snyder to play to his strengths with the follow-up.
Hollywood trade Variety has an in-depth piece looking at the superhero situation at Warner Bros., and not surprisingly, the interesting bit focuses on Justice League. The report claims production executive Jon Berg and Time-Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes will be taking a more hands-on approach to the big picture DC stuff from now on (to provide a bit of oversight for Snyder).
As for the creative approach to Justice League, itself, it sounds like the studio wants Snyder to turn it into a “crowd-pleaser” focused on the action and fun stuff — more like his films that were actual creative hits (i.e. 300, Dawn of the Dead).
Here’s the choice excerpt from Variety’s report:
I’m told production exec Jon Berg and Time-Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes are taking more of a hands-on approach now, paying closer attention to overarching story concerns, but someone well-versed in both production and DC’s minutiae is what’s needed. Greg Silverman, head of film production at WB, has his hands full steering the overall ship, while DC Entertainment boss Diane Nelson, who also oversees the company’s core publishing business, may have too much on her plate. Meanwhile, the competition has production company Marvel Studios — with a creative driving force at the top — yet DC, surprisingly, still doesn’t have an analog.
As for 'Batman v Superman,' those involved weren’t prepared for the critical knives the film received, but they always knew it was going to be a transitional film, bridging the gap between 'Man of Steel' (which was produced with no plan in place to expand the universe) and anything approaching the Avengers/Super Friends mold. But I’m told 'Justice League' will be a crowd-pleaser more suited to Snyder’s talents, and that the upcoming two-part event is 'extremely kinetic and visual.' It will be far more straightforward than existential in its handling of superheroes.
What do you think of this new report? If he just focuses on the fun stuff, without trying to get too heavy, can Snyder still be the man to pull it off?