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Ex-DC President Defends Joker Violence, Distances Herself From Geoff Johns

Todd Philips' upcoming Joker film has found a supporter in former DC President Diane Nelson.

Nelson, who served as president of DC Entertainment from 2009 to 2018, shared an article defending the DC film and its violence on Twitter. However, she offered no additional commentary of her own.

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In the comments, Nelson also responded to a fan who accused her of "destroying" Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder's work "from the inside" with her "buddy" Geoff Johns, a longtime comic book writer who served as Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment from 2016 to 2018. "He's no buddy of mine," she replied.

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Nelson started at Warner Bros. in 1996, when she joined in the role of Director of Worldwide Corporate Promotions. In her time with the company, she also served as President & Chief Content Officer of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and President of Warner Premiere. She joined DC as DC Entertainment President in 2009. She stepped down from DC Entertainment in April 2018 and is now Head of Operations at Quibi, a new streaming service.

Directed by Todd Phillips, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais and Shea Whigham. The film arrives in theaters Oct. 4.

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