Tuesday night, news surfaced that Warner Bros. had reportedly placed exec Jon Berg and DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns in charge of the DC Films division. Johns addressed the report and DC itself during a meeting with Vulture, where he made it clear that he believes the brand needs hope and optimism.
Though he didn't directly confirm the earlier report, he said that "you can connect the dots." Nevertheless, he did discuss the future of the DC brand, which he believes needs more "hope and optimism."
"There's a lot of emotional underpinning of the characters and the stories," he shared. "It's not that people take it for granted. They're just not as aware of it. But when it's not there, you really feel that emptiness."
"I think people make a mistake when they say, 'Superman's not relatable because he's so powerful,'' he added. "I'm like, 'Are you kidding me? He's a farmboy from Kansas who moves to the city and just wants to do the best he can with what he's got.' That's the most relatable character in the world."
The reported creative shuffle at DC Films comes after the lukewarm reception of "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," which may have resulted in the appointing of Ben Affleck as a producer on "Justice League" and the firing of director Seth Grahame-Smith from "The Flash" film. Additionally, some reshoots were done on "Suicide Squad" to, it's said, "smooth out the third act."
"Suicide Squad," the next DC Films movie, hits theaters on August 5.