Yesterday, it was announced that DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns was stepping down from his role in order to focus on his creative endeavors with Warner Bros. After helping produce such movies as the beloved Wonder Woman and the highly-divisive Justice League for the DC Extended Universe, Johns is now set to pen the Green Lanterns Corps script.
Following this news, Kyle Buchanan, the senior editor of Vulture, tweeted out some interesting tidbits of what he had heard during the production days of WB's Justice League, revealing that the film's script was already in trouble long before Joss Whedon was brought on-board to re-shoot portions of the superhero ensemble.
"I remember hearing that Geoff Johns rewrote so much of Justice League when Zack Snyder was still directing that Chris Terrio would complain "Maybe *try* using some of my pages?"" Buchanan tweeted. It's widely known that the DCEU film went through a troubled production, something which resulted in WB bringing in Joss Whedon to re-write the original script and shoot entire new scenes that ultimately ended up changing Snyder's original vision.
However, if this new rumor is to be believed, the problems started at the script stage. In a following tweet, Buchanan wrote "WB was allegedly so unsatisfied with how the Johns/Snyder version was shaping up that they convened a footage summit for *other* writers including Joss Whedon, Allan Heiberg, Seth Grahame-Smith, and Andrea Berloff to offer feedback. Then they hired Whedon."
Since Heinberg is the screenwriter behind Wonder Woman and Seth Grahame-Smith was at one point attached to the Flash movie, there might be some truth to this rumor. Zack Snyder had a clear plan for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, but after the disappointing reception of the former, WB tried to course-correct the direction of its cinematic universe. Of course, there is no telling if the script Snyder and Johns were working on was any good or bad. WB has history of interfering with the production of some of its DCEU movies, like David Ayer's Suicide Squad.
Their unhappiness with the script could simply be due to the bleakness of the script, something which was said to lead up to a more bright and hopeful Justice League Part 2, once upon a time.
Next up on WB's docket for the DCEU is James Wan's Aquaman, which is set to hit theaters Dec. 21.