Berg will step down from the studio's executive ranks and become a producer on the lot, the company said Thursday. The report makes no mention of Johns being DC president, and says Johns still reports to DC president Diane Nelson.
After months of anticipation and build-up, DC and Warner Bros.' Justice League took a tumble, largely floundering with critics and missing the mark at the box office. Warner Bros. Picture Group President Toby Emmerich is reportedly weighing the idea of shifting the DC Films structure altogether, integrating DC's film operations into the studio's main movie arm instead of keeping them in a separate building.
Johns is expected to continue serving as DC Entertainment's chief creative officer, but his contributions to the films may evolve and "could be more advisory in nature" according to Variety.
"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", Emmerich said in a statement. As a result, Warner Bros.is changing things up at the executive level and considering a few other changes to help get the DCEU on track. For comparison, Marvel conducts its movie division autonomously despite being owned by Disney, while Fox and Sony create their superhero flicks beneath the studio's overall banner. Meant to be the DC's answer to The Avengers, Justice League pulled in just $572 million, a yield that has made it the lowest-earning DCEU movie by almost $100 million. The trade also said that executives were concerned with the choice of doing a CGI Steppenwolf as the villain. 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.
Up next for the DCEU is James Wan's Aquaman for December 2018; Shazam! is in development for an April 2019 release, the Wonder Woman sequel has a November 2019 release, and a movie for The Flash (said to be Flashpoint) is in development.
This is on the heels of his last two DC movies, "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "Justice League", both getting hammered by the critics.