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    Shake Up at DC, Jim Lee now CCO, Geoff Johns steps down to form production company

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/he...g-deal-1118131

    Hollywood Reproter has broken the news that Geoff Johns has stepped down as CCO of DC Entertainment to form his own production company (Mad Ghost Productions) that will create content for WB and DC including movies, tv and comics. Jim Lee will replace him as CCO of DC Entertainment. This follows in the wake of Dinae Nelson's decision to resign as PResident of DC Entertianment earlier this month. She had been on a leave of absence and chose not to return.

    Johns will get his own DC comics imprint called the Killing Zone focusing on lesser known DC characters, will be writing a new Shazam comic, as well as finishing Doomsday Clock. He will be a prt of the Titans series and other series for DC's streaming channel and will be working on a Green Lantern Corps movie and involved in Wonder Woman 2.

    So not leaving DC altogether, but no longer the executive in charge of deciding the direction of the content.

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    Looks like he's sticking with the nu52 Shazam reboot storyline.
    And in other news, Jim Lee will announce the return of high collar/long sleeve uniforms for all DC characters, and Superman's shorts are gone again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnystorm View Post
    And in other news, Jim Lee will announce the return of high collar/long sleeve uniforms for all DC characters, and Superman's shorts are gone again.


    Yay!!

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    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/he...-moves-1119489

    How many Joker movies are too many? That's one question that Walter Hamada, named president of DC Entertainment-based film production at Warner Bros. in January, needs to figure out.

    With the recent departures at DC — the studio said June 6 that Diane Nelson, who's been on leave, is not returning as president, and The Hollywood Reporter revealed June 11 that top exec Geoff Johns is moving into a producing pact — Hamada is even more firmly in charge of the film reins.

    The exec, who successfully oversaw the Conjuring movies at New Line, inherited a slate in disarray and has quietly spent months sorting through projects. "He walked into a ****show, and he's trying to clean it up," says one insider familiar with the scene.
    In the Aquaman thread, I mentioned how inevitable this was. Hamada is Wan's guy and Wan has been Marvel's really only outside box office competitor. Seems clear Nelson and Johns jumped shipped instead of being pushed.

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    ^ Interesting.

    I wondered if, like you stated, Nelson and Johns' respective moves weren't a "leave before we move you" kind of deal. There is a lot to like about Johns' overall body of work, and I think he is an amazing creator but DC's movies are a big disappointment (Wonder Woman being the exception). With the characters and stories they have to pull from, it baffles me that the quality and cohesion is so poor compared to what Marvel has done. It's not even close and I wonder how they can still pull together what they have done so far. It just seems to lack the cohesion that Marvel has built into their movie universe. If it were me (and it's not), I'd scrap the previous notions and move forward building on Wonder Woman's tone and success.

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    I spent a little bit of time on Box Office Mojo comparing the movies from Marvel's Phase One to DC's recent movies. "Iron Man" and "Iron Man 2" are the only movies from Marvel's lead up to "The Avengers" that compare to the first four DC Films leading up to "Justice League". On average, DC's box office for movies leading up to Justice League easily outperformed Marvel's movies leading up to "The Avengers". In comparison, Marvel had 3 of their first 5 films, "The Incredible Hulk", "Thor" and "Captain America: The First Avenger" that fall pretty far down the list and DC's "Wonder Woman" outperformed anything from either brands' stand-alone movies (for first phase) .

    The wheels come off for DC when you get to the payoff movie. "The Avengers" is #3 on the box office list and "Justice League" is #31. You know what "Justice League" compares to box office-wise?....."Logan" (a great movie, but not meant to be what "The Avengers" and "Justice League" are).

    To me, that's pretty stark and Marvel is on to Phase 3, now, and really putting some distance between the two properties. DC needs to reassess if they think they will ever compete.
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    ^That's a good observation.

    A lot of DC's problems started when they lost Tull and Robinov. At that point, it became rudderless.

    Between Hamada and Toby Emmerich in both top spots, I'm wondering if Reeves will actually get his Batman movie made. The merger gives them an out, so they could gift it to Wan. Reeves is a better fit for Superman, (pun acknowledged), and Cavill isn't going anywhere.

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    The DC movies cost more though. They had bigger budgets, yet they looked less polished and undercooked.

    DC will never catch Marvel in a cinematic universe. They had the opportunity in front of them for 30 years and WB wasted it. To the general public, anything DC does that SEEMS like the connective tissue of the MCU is going to seem like them ripping Marvel off. They need to think of a different way to approach their universe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hedrap View Post
    Reeves is a better fit for Superman, (pun acknowledged), and Cavill isn't going anywhere.
    Reeves did great with his POTA movies and Cavill is the right casting for Superman. I have no complaint against him, at all. Just needs the right Superman movie that lets him be what Superman should be on the big screen.

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