Despite helping create the DC Extended Universe, Warner Bros. reportedly has no further plans to bring back Zack Snyder as a director on future DC films following the poor box office reception of Justice League.
According to Variety, Snyder will not be brought back to direct any future DC films following the weak performance of Justice League at the box office. It’s, of course, an unfortunate situation as Snyder has helped craft the DC Extended Universe thus far.
When Snyder’s Man of Steel hit theaters back in 2013, it did so to mixed reactions from both critics and fans alike, with many finding issue with Snyder’s darker take on Superman. However, the film proved to be a modest box office success, earning $668 million at the worldwide box office. And while many are still holding out hope for a Man of Steel 2, the studio instead followed up the first film with the highly anticipated Batman v Superman, a film that would not only introduce Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader, but also Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. That film did fairly well at the box office, but proved to be DC’s first stumble as the film was ultimately panned. Still, Snyder moved forward on the studio’s plans for Justice League, jumping directly from Batman v Superman into the eagerly awaited team-up.
Unfortunately, the film has struggled at the box office since it’s debut in November, only recently surpassing $200 million domestically after nineteen days in release. Even worse? Warner Bros. is looking at a substantial loss from the film. This, of course, has led to changes behind the scenes, with Warner Bros. reportedly set to overhaul its approach to the cinematic universe. One of those changes: Not bringing Snyder back for any other films. This won’t change the fact that he’s still credited as an executive producer on both Aquaman and Wonder Woman 2, and it’s also worth noting that Snyder does still have a production deal with the studio, meaning he could very well direct other films for Warner Bros. — just not DC titles. The change comes after executives are said to become frustrated with the studio continuing to bring the director back even though each new installment has continued to pull in less money. As of right now, Snyder’s next project looks to be The Last Photograph. It’s currently unknown who will step in to handle directorial duties on the previously-announced sequel to Justice League.
In theaters now, Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.
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