In his first official interview since taking the job as co-head of DC Films, Geoff Johns has laid out his vision for the future of DC's movie universe - a future he says will be more "hopeful and optimistic."
“Mistakenly in the past I think the studio has said, ‘Oh, DC films are gritty and dark and that’s what makes them different.’ That couldn’t be more wrong,” Johns told the Wall Street Journal. “It’s a hopeful and optimistic view of life. Even Batman has a glimmer of that in him. If he didn’t think he’d make tomorrow better, he’d stop.”
Johns and his co-head Jon Berg worked closely with Justice League director Zack Snyder and screenwriter Chris Terrio to make the film closer to their vision of the DC Universe.
“We accelerated the story to get to the hope and optimism a little faster,” Berg explained.
The Wall Street Journal also asserts that Justice League will address the level of violence Batman was willing to commit in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, saying they won't be "par for the course," though neither Johns or Berg commented on this directly. The article also asserts that plans for Justice League Part Two were "scrapped," though its unclear if this is a new development, or if it's an extension of earlier reports that Justice League and its planned sequel will not be directly connected in story.
Justice League is currently filming in London for a November 16, 2017 theatrical release.