Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige has nearly become a household name. And if your dad doesn't know who he is, your mom surely does. He is considered the key component in the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Many are questioning whether or not Warner Bros. and DC Comics have a similar singular force driving things in terms of the DCEU. The short answer to that question is no. At DC and WB, it takes a village to raise a child (or rather, a slate of superhero movies).
It has taken a number of years for the DCEU to fully arrive, with the second movie in this planned cinematic universe arriving this coming Friday. While 2013's Man of Steel planted the idea of a bigger world, that will fully be explored and realized in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which helps set up the Justice League with a number of super powered cameos. While these characters have long existed in the comic books, the movie side of things is a coupe of paces behind longtime rival Marvel.
Some remain skeptical that DC can even catch up. And one of those reasons is because they don't have a Kevin Feige working behind the scenes to ensure quality and constancy across the board in connecting all of these movies in one big shared universe. As president of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige was able to perfectly execute an ambitious cross-sectional plan that was laid out across a number of different mediums. And he has, in a way, become a rock star for doing it. Try as one might, no one can really name a single person at Warner Bros. and DC that comes close.
Some want to call Zack Snyder the Kevin Feige of the DCEU. He serves as a spokesperson and a creative lead on the upcoming movies. While he has directed, and will continue to direct some of the movies, his job duties are way different than what Kevin Feige has on his plate, though. And no one will admit that quicker than Zack Snyder himself. So, who is leading the charge? Zack Snyder and his wife, producing partner Deborah Snyder point to what they call the DC Brain Trust. The first name in this brain trust is Charles Roven, partner to the couple. Deborah Snyder goes onto explain.
"Richard Suckle is producing some of these. On our end, Wesley Coller is an executive producer who works on all the things that we work on. He's part of our inner family. Geoff Johns is just super valuable, and I think Zack and Geoff really have worked out a lot of the creative ideas as to where the characters are going. Geoff [ensures] we're doing things that are true to the canon because he knows everything about these characters. And Jon Berg is our executive on all the films, and then obviously Greg [Silverman] was our executive when we first came to Warner Bros., so we've always worked with Greg."
That is a lot of names. So don't expect your parents to remember any of them the next time this comes up at the dinner table. While some DC fans might be jealous that they don't get a Kevin Feige to call their own, this actually allows for more flexibility. The entire DC Brain Trust team consists of Charles Roven, Producer on Batman V Superman, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Justice League Part One, The Flash, Aquaman, and Justice League Part Two. Richard Suckle, Producer on Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman. Wesley Coller, Producer at Cruel and Unusual Films. Geoff Johns, Chief Creative Officer at DC Comics and DCEU Producer as well as Creative Consultant. Jon Berg, who Oversees the DCEU live-action films as Executive Vice President of Development at Warner Bros. and finally Greg Silverman, President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production at Warner Bros.
So, Kevin Feige does what all of these individuals do combined? Not exactly. While Kevin Feige is front and center, and has become a Marvel mascot of sorts, he has his own Marvel brain trust that we don't hear about. And this Marvel brain trust is a lot more restrictive when it comes to working with its directors, ensuring that they deliver a consistent tone with all the movies that come before them. This idea is something DC is straying from. Deborah Snyder claims that the director's chosen for DC movies have the 'freedom to tell their story in the way that it needs to be told.'