– by Nick Doll

After Justice League opened to less than stellar box office numbers two weekends ago, rumors began to circulate that Warner Bros had made the decision to cancel the DC Extended Universe. David F. Sandberg, set to direct Shazam! for DC, was quick to respond to the rumor on Reddit, posting:

“Nobody told me. Can I take the day off tomorrow then? I really want to sleep in.”

Now, new rumors have surfaced on Reddit that Joss Whedon (Batgirl), Chris MacKay (Nightwing), and Sandberg had all been fired from their perspective DC projects.

Again, if this is the case, it is news to Sandberg, who responded on Twitter:

Though we don’t know yet what Justice League‘s disastrous box office means for the future of the DCEU, if anything, for the moment, no official announcement has been made canceling any projects or firing any directors.

Aquaman has wrapped filming and is set for a release December 2018, Shazam! is currently in pre-production and expected to shoot soon, and Wonder Woman 2 is also supposedly starting to shoot in 2018 to hit a November 2019 release date.

RELATED: Shazam! Director David F. Sanberg Refutes Rumor That WB Is Ending The DCEU

Stay tuned to see if anything changes, but Sandberg certainly doesn’t sound worried about the future of Shazam!

What adjustments would you make if you were in charge of DC, if any? Do you think Shazam! has a chance at box office gold after Justice League‘s performance? Let us know in the comment section below!

Justice League is now in theaters.

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 SOURCE: David F. Sandberg (via Twitter)
  • Mad Barchetta

    Honestly, at this point, I would rather they not give up. Of course, their behaviors since they started this little endeavor indicate to me that they are impetuous, reactionary, and essentially flying the plane without a pilot who has a clear vision. They’ve been so caught up in what they seem to think is a race to recognize that they don’t need to compete with Marvel, but can actually coexist. The struggles of the DCEU have, in my opinion, mostly been rooted in the WB execs lack of patience in world-building.

    They screwed JL by scheduling it in the middle of Ragnarok and Coco. Not sure if that was hubris or stupidity, or probably both. It severely limited what JL was able to make, sandwiched between two other highly anticipated movies, and during the holiday shopping season.

    They also kicked the whole thing off by tying their cart to the wrong horse. Snyder has some great ideas and an excellent eye for visuals, if a bit of over-reliance on slo-mo action, but he seems to struggle to translate his vision into coherent scripts. Or…he also approaches these characters from an angle that just isn’t very popular. I just think he was a poor choice to lead their franchise, and he’s been almost solely responsible for 3 out of 5 of their movies, so far.

    Geoff Johns was hire to play the Kevin Feige role for WB, and he’s hardly had an opportunity to do anything because of their early commitment to Snyder. So, now that Snyder’s movies have largely hobbled the DCEU, we now hear rumblings that they might give up altogether before even giving Johns a chance to turn things around?? Let’s add in all the rest: 1) Flash can’t get/keep a director and seems like it’s in development hell, 2) The Batman has switched directors and is rumored to be losing its actual Batman, 3) and now this stuff with Shazam.

    How does WB expect people to want to invest money and time in this mess, having little or no confidence that it will lead to anything? Maybe if the idiot execs get the hell out of Johns’ way and let the person they hired to be creative actually get to the business of…being creative??

    My suggested plan: 1) Give Johns full authority to start crafting plans for a coherent universe, 2) commit to giving directors creative freedom on the films they’re hired to direct to encourage them to stay, 3) commit to some production plans so talent can make plans and then get busy, 4) either decide to have inter-film connectivity (which I think most people will want, but I could be wrong) OR stand-alone franchises for characters. I think it would be best to commit to one or the other.

    And maybe that’s just the biggest problem WB has had, besides lack of patience: lack of commitment to much of anything.

    • Kronx

      I think it comes down to them not having faith in the classic, comic book versions of their characters. I’m not saying they couldn’t change anything, but they lost the essence of them, and it threw everything off until Wonder Woman.

      Trust the source material. It’s popular for a reason.

      • Mad Barchetta

        Agreed. The MCU succeeds largely because they respect the characters. They make changes in them, either to update them or try to make them more realistic, but they still kept the core of each of them. The DCAU also did the same thing. They created something so iconic the many people still point to Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill as the definitive Batman/Joker combo.

        I think Snyder’s proclivities were a perfect match for the cynical, deconstructivist Watchmen, but that’s exactly what made him a terrible choice for the DCEU.

    • MetalDad1973

      You’re right, let Johns take the lead and get out of the way. One issue I had with Justice League was the short run time. Supposedly WB wanted it under 2 hours but we sat thru Nolan’s Batman and the were over 2 hours and they made WB a shit ton of money. So you add more characters and shorten the movie?
      WB… Front the money and get outta the way!

      • Mad Barchetta

        Few things drive me nuts more then when business execs hire people to create and then tell them HOW to create, as if these artistic people are only to be proxies for the execs’ visions.