With his films Man of Steel and - more specifically - Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Zack Snyder laid out the template for Warner Bros.' DC Extended Universe, both in terms of the casting of its main heroes for Justice League, and the overall look and feel of the cinematic universe.
Whedon has reportedly taken on a fairly major role within the DCEU since climbing aboard, and a new report compiled by Mashable today even goes so far as to suggest that the two-time Avengers director and DC stalwart Geoff Johns will now take the reins of Warner's superhero franchise moving forward, with Zack and Deborah Snyder adopting a smaller, advisory role henceforth.
As noted in the article, Toby Emmerich, Warner Bros. "We are excited about our partnership and look forward to our continued collaboration". It's said Zack and Deborah Snyder will "no longer be actively involved in creative decision-making", and regarding Justice League that their "involvement will be at a distance".
Zack Snyder is the godfather of the current DC movie universe. Johns, already also chief creative officer and president at DC Entertainment and a DC Comics mainstay for the last decade and a half, stepped into the role with a desire for the films to better reflect what he believes are the tenants of DC Comics, namely hope and legacy.
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If I had to guess, regarding Snyder's continued involvement in the DCEU, he is probably contractually obligated to be involved with another Justice League movie, possibly Suicide Squad 2, Wonder Woman 2 and maybe a Man of Steel 2.
The space vacated by the Snyders-who will nevertheless get some producing credits in upcoming films such as Aquaman (and Zack will retain directing credit for Justice League)-of course leaves way for the latest shiny stars in the Warner/DCEU world, most notably Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins (can you blame them after it has become the most successful movie in their repertoire), as well as Josh Whedon himself, sort of chucked aside shortsightedly by Marvel but now clearly in the door with his reshoots of Snyder's film.
Mashable and the author of the article also put forth the David Ayer and Gotham City Sirens not happening rumor, which has since been shot down by Ayer's rep who stated Ayer is still involved, the movie is in development and that the script is still being worked on. I really liked that book. Not to say the rumor isn't true, but time will tell.
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