As president of Warner Bros. Pictures, Greg Silverman is the man in change when it comes to their films -- and DC's superheroes are a bigger part now more than ever. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the 42 year old president spoke about the company's upcoming film slate and DC's key part in that mix. The first question jumped straight into the comparison between DC's fledgling interconnected movie franchise with that of the blockbuster Marvel Cinematic Universe.
"We have a great strategy for the DC films, which is to take these beloved characters and put them in the hands of master filmmakers and make sure they all coordinate with each other," said Silverman, whom THR reports has close relationships with Zack Snyder and Ben Affleck. "You'll see the difference when you see Batman v. Superman, Suicide Squad, Justice League and all the things that we are working on."
Describing the recent Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer as "dark," the Hollywood trade asked Silverman if it was indicative of an overall direction for DC superhero films going forward.
"There is intensity and a seriousness of purpose to some of these characters. The filmmakers who are tackling these properties are making great movies about superheroes; they aren't making superhero movies," Silverman explained "And when you are trying to make a good movie, you tackle interesting philosophies and character development. There's also humor, which is an important part."
Regarding the recent shuffle in the 2017 Wonder Woman film's director's chair from Michelle McLauren to one-time Thor: The Dark World director Patty Jenkins, Silverman defended the change and lauded Jenkins for her work.
"We had a very intensive process looking at everybody. Patty and Michelle were really the ones who came to the forefront the first go-round, so when things didn't work out with Michelle, we all knew we had someone great who had expressed interest before," Silverman explains. "She came back and is doing a great job. But it was never about the best female director. She has demonstrated doing amazing work with female characters, such as in Monster."
The Hollywood Reporter recently cited unnamed sources stating that Warner Bros. had multiple writers vie with competing treatments for the chance to write the Wonder Woman film. Silverman responds by pointing to unnamed others for instigating this approach but said it was right for the project.
"Every project is different. On some projects, we have multiple writers working together. In some cases, we put writers together who have never been a team together. And sometimes, there is only one writer whose voice is right. In the case of Wonder Woman, the right approach was to have writers pitching different scenes within the framework we created," says Silverman. "They came to me and said they wanted to try this approach. I don't know how much collaboration and noncollaboration was going on. Treating writers well is a massive priority at this studio. I'd be very shocked if writers weren't treated with respect and grace."