John Berg will exit his role as one of the two leaders of Warner Bros.'s DC Films division following the poor box office performance and critical reception of Justice League, according to Variety. Geoff Johns, the other head of DC Films, is expected to remain in his position as Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment, though the trade also says his role in Warner Bros.' film wing may lessen to an "advisory" capacity.
Berg is said to be segueing into a role as producer for Warner Bros., working alongside The Lego Movie and It producer Roy Lee.
“This is something that Jon approached me about six months ago, and he expressed his goal was to ultimately be a producer at the studio,” Warner Bros. Picture Group President Toby Emmerich said in a statement. “I first met Jon when, as a producer, he brought Elf to New Line, which remains one of the best and most evergreen titles in the library. We’re thrilled that Jon is partnering with Roy and anticipate their company being a valuable source of movies for Warner Bros. and New Line.”
Emmerich is said to be considering folding the DC Films venture back into the main Warner Bros. film wing, and not with its own division.
A new leader of DC Films is expected to be named shortly. Neither Johns nor Berg, who received Producer credits on Justice League, are expected to receive similar credits on upcoming films such as Aquaman or Wonder Woman 2, though director Zack Snyder, who departed Justice League before Joss Whedon was brought in for reshoots, could serve as a producer on future films.
Further, Variety reports that Ben Affleck is expected to reprise his role as Batman in the upcoming Flashpoint film, though The Batman director Matt Reeves is said to be eyeing "fresh talent" to take the role in his film.