While to some, the darker and elements of nascent DC Films universe has a certain appeal, it has also been the core of some the harshest criticism leveled against the productions thus far. But it seems the grim and gritty era will soon be at an end.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal(via IGN), Warner Bros Pictures executive Jon Berg — who is co-running DC Films alongside DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer Geoff Johns — admitted some of the negative reaction to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice had an effect on the in-production Justice League.
"We accelerated the story to get to the hope and optimism a little faster," Berg said. Though, it seems the film was always intended to be a little bit lighter than its predecessor.
Johns agreed that the old studio line that the superhero films must be dark — a notion which transcends even top level management changes — is incorrect, suggesting even Batman has a "glimmer of hope" to hold on to.
Personally, I always maintained that the issue isn't so much darkness or gritty realism as much as whether those things work for the character. They certainly work for Batman stories, as the last thirty-odd years have proved. But it is less suitable for, say, Superman and certainly the wrong approach for The Flash. From there, it becomes a matter of what works for which character. A Booster Gold project should be funny and bright while a Question film in Hub City would have to have a similar feel to the Dark Knight trilogy.
Of course, it is still unclear how much of that "acceleration" will be felt in Justice League as it began production just as Batman v Superman was released.
Justice League opens on November 17th, 2017.