Geoff Johns Confirms Reworking ‘Justice League’ And A “Optimistic Tone”

Not Only Did Geoff Johns Confirm A Tonal Shift But Says Batman Will Answer For His Actions In ‘Batman v Superman’

Shortly after confirming actor Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke, Geoff Johns and Jon Berg also dished about ‘Justice League‘. Talking with The Wall Street Journal, it seems the pair is indeed trying to turn around the DCEU. Starting with 2017’s ‘Justice League‘, we will see a bit more levity in the films with more optimism.

These changes come after many fans and critics bashed the dark tone the new DC films had following ‘The Dark Knight Trilogy’.

Johns opened up about DC films and the future:

“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,” “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.”


“We accelerated the story to get to the hope and optimism a little faster.”

Also talked about in the interview was Batman having consequences for his actions of trying to kill Superman and his torture of criminals in ‘Batman v Superman‘.

Geoff Johns spoke about his feelings towards the negative reaction to the first few DC Extended Universe movies.

“To have these characters be part of the fabric of pop culture is so rewarding, though of course we’re disappointed the movies weren’t better reviewed,”


“We’re trying to take a really hard look at everything to make sure we stay true to the characters and tell stories that celebrate them.”

As someone who was a fan of the dark ‘Man Of Steel‘ and the even darker ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice‘, I’m a bit nervous for these changes. But, it will be interesting to see if this will help the reception for the future DC films.

Are you welcoming this lighter tone or were you enjoying the gritter take?

Let me know in the comments below!

EJ Moreno
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