Last week, Warner Bros. announced that DC's Geoff Johns and Warner Bros.' Jon Berg have been brought on to run the studio's new superhero division, dubbed DC Films. The move was said to be part of a larger re-structuring throughout the studio, with different executives being put in charge of specific genres and franchises the studio controls. This re-organization was said to be part of the fallout from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice which has made $327.8 million domestically and $870.9 million at the worldwide box office, but it was trashed by many fans and critics alike. Today we have news that producer Charles Roven is shifting roles at the studio, as the studio continues to restructure.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Charles Roven, who has been producing superhero movies at Warner Bros.' since 2005's Batman Begins, is transitioning to an executive producer, who won't be involved in the day-to-day operations of these superhero movies. The extent of this new deal and his involvement in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) is said to be continually "evolving," and it's said that he could continue to produce sequels to movies he's already involved in, such as Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman and Justice League Part 1, which is shooting in the U.K.
Charles Roven produced Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, along with 2013's Man of Steel. These sources claim that he'll be taken off as a producer of The Flash, which is still seeking a director after Seth Grahame-Smith parted ways, and director James Wan's Aquaman, both of which are slated to arrive in 2018. Part of the reason for this change is that the studio wants to start "ramping up" production, and it would be "physically impossible" for one man such as Roven to oversee different phases of production on these different movies, simultaneously, in locations such as Australia, London, Los Angeles and Louisiana.
The producer is remaining on the set of Justice League Part I as production continues in London, although the studio has also sent over DC Films' Jon Berg to oversee the day-to-day operations. Roven was part of Zack Snyder's "brain trust" on these DC Comics films, and the studio is now re-thinking that entire approach. Zack Snyder is currently directing Justice League Part I, slated for release next November, but we don't know when Justice League Part II will start production.
It's worth noting that there had been rumors before Batman v Superman's release that Warner Bros. was having doubts about their approach to the DCEU, and they were worried about the reactions coming out of early select screenings of the movie. There was even talk that Zack Snyder would be removed as director, but he's currently working on Justice League Part I. Be sure to stay tuned for all the latest developments out of the ever-evolving DC Extended Universe, in the aftermath of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.