Volume 5, Issue 22!
“Harley’s Little Movie, or How WB Is (Possibly) On The Right Track”
At long last, it seems like Warner Bros is starting to take stock in their movie output and making changes. After Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice “failed” (as much as a movie that grossed $800 million can fail), the studio has re-structured and has now created a new wing called “DC Films”. Co-run by Jon Berg and Geoff Johns (yes, THAT Geoff Johns), the new Warner Bros imprint will bring a “unifying element” to the studios’ upcoming DC films, and it couldn’t come any sooner. In fact, it kind of makes you wonder why WB didn’t do this in the first place.
Warner Bros. putting Johns in the captain’s chair is another chapter in the long line of the epic “Secret History of the DC Films” book that will hopefully hit stores in a few years when Zack Snyder or a WB Exec decides to tell their story. I can’t imagine the tone on the set of Justice League right now, where Zack Snyder, the driving force behind the DC films until, well, now, no longer has as much of a say as he once did. But in all honesty, Snyder isn’t the person to blame for WB’s current predicament, Warner Bros executives are. Instead of hiring Geoff Johns to begin with, they thought they could have Zack Snyder both direct their big tent poles AND look at their upcoming slate of movies and make them all connect. As I said years ago, that’s too much for one person, and the pressure was probably too much for him. The guy had a movie that started out as a sequel to Man of Steel and then it became the foundation for a DC film universe that had to be a springboard for a ton of other movies. The scope of the film exceeded what Snyder was expected to do.
Geoff Johns being in charge of the DC films goes hand in hand with another bit of DC movie news that was announced a few days before his big promotion. According to sources, Margot Robie’s Harley Quinn is going to get her own spin-off movie from August’s Suicide Squad. And not only that, but it’s also going to include a host of other DC female characters. Details are scarce for which characters are going to show up in this film, but a safe bet is Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and maybe even Batgirl (please be Barbara Gordon). Plus, Margot Robie even went ahead and pitched this movie to Warner Bros execs! This kind of enthusiasm is so awesome that it’s made me want to see this film right now.
Not only that, but a Harley Quinn/DC ladies centered movie is exactly what DC and WB should do to differentiate themselves from Marvel Studios and other comic book movies. As much as I’ve loved the Marvel Studios movies, they don’t have any strong female leads (Black Widow being the exception of course). DC, on the other had, has arguably more well known female characters than male ones, and they all have tons of fans just waiting to see them on the big screen. I mean, imagine how cool it’ll be to see the Birds of Prey going after Harley and Poison Ivy, or Batgirl racing around on her motorcycle trying to hunt down Catwoman. There’s tons of potential for a Harley Quinn solo movie, and I really hope they just cut to the chase and call it “Gotham City Sirens”.
Regardless of how you felt about Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, there’s no denying that in the eyes of the executives, it didn’t do what it should’ve done. But, at least WB is attempting to course correct now, and they’ve really picked the best person for the job. While I don’t envy Geoff Johns’ schedule at the moment, I have the utmost faith in his ability to deliver what we deserve.