It’s been a rough few months for Zack Snyder and Warner Bros in the lead up and the subsequent release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Despite making $850 million worldwide, the film was destroyed by critics and audiences and its looking to be a huge money loss for the studio against its giant production budget and whopping marketing spend. It was reported yesterday that Seth Grahame-Smith had left The Flash production citing creative differences, and a new rumour today suggests there’s more wars going on in the DCEU.
According to Births.Movies.Death, Synder and WB are having “lots of fights” over the direction of Justice League (which is currently in production in London) and his vision for the rest of the DCEU.
“Sources at WB tell me that this is just one part of what’s going on behind the scenes at the DC movieverse,” the site claims. “Zack Snyder and Geoff Johns were taken aback at critical and audience reaction to Batman v Superman, I’m told, and WB execs have found themselves at odds with Snyder over his vision for Justice League and the DC movieverse going forward. Of course Justice League was scheduled to start shooting mere days after BvS was released, which meant WB couldn’t take any definitive action – like removing Snyder or delaying the movie to make changes – without poisoning the box office for BvS. The result? Lots of fights between Snyder and the WB execs, and lots of pressure from Burbank on Snyder, who is shooting in London.”
This also comes off the back of reports that James Wan is having some worries about directing Aquaman for the studio. Let’s also not forget that Michelle MacClaren left the director’s chair of Wonder Woman over creative differences before being replaced by Patty Jenkins.
However, it should also be noted that BMD haven’t had the best track record as of late with their reports. Although they were correct that Suicide Squad was having reshoots, they said it was to add more humour which David Ayer denied.