Following director Zack Snyder's exit from production on the still in-development Justice League movie, the latest word from DC Films executives Jon Berg and Geoff Johns has Joss Whedon playing a bigger part in the DCEU than previously understood. Already tapped to write and direct the forthcoming Batgirl feature for the powers that be at Warner Bros. Pictures, the heralded creator of such hit original TV series as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly is currently slated to play an ever larger role behind the scenes of the DCEU.
As the latest behind the scenes photos from the set of Justice League continue to come out as reshoots on the DCEU feature continue, all eyes are on Whedon as he takes his turn at the helm of the ever burgeoning superhero franchise. Following his departure from the competing Marvel Studios, the director of The Avengers from 2012 and Avengers: Age of Ultron from 2015 has firmly place himself in the competing DC Comics camp - and the latest word from Jon Berg hints at his rising position of power within it.
In a recent interview conducted by Variety, DC Films executives Jon Berg and Geoff Johns spoke at length about Whedon's rising position within the DCEU, with a particular emphasis placed on how integral his involvement is behind the scenes already. During the middle of a discussion centering around the success of Wonder Woman and sequel plans for the Patty Jenkins feature, Berg fielded a related question about Whedon's involvement in the DCEU on Justice League and Batgirl, stating:
"He’s a big part already. We love him. He’s a great partner, collaborator; we want him to be ensconced. We bring people by, have general meetings and talk about comics and their favorite superhero movies. With Joss, he saw the master board, and he saw a Batgirl title and he said, 'You guys seriously want to do Batgirl?' And we said, 'Absolutely.' He said, 'That’s my jam.'"
Whedon definitely doesn't mince his words when it comes the to the feature film projects and properties that he is most passionate about, and as such Berg's reiterated enthusiasm about the director's involvement behind the scenes of the DCEU is accordingly exciting to hear. For longtime fans of DC Comics titles like Justice League and Batgirl, it sounds like you'd be hard pressed to find another Hollywood heavyweight who holds the same kind of enthusiasm for the comic book characters as Whedon.
Only time will tell how Justice League turns out following the Whedon directed reshoots, but with any luck his work on the forthcoming DCEU tentpole feature will prove to be indicative of the dedication and panache he will soon bring to bear in writing and directing Batgirl. In the mean time, here's to hoping that Berg and Johns can be trusted in regards to Whedon's investment in the DCEU moving forward.