Warner Bros. has been moving to change the role of Charles Roven after the mild disappointment of “Batman v Superman,” with the veteran producer becoming an executive producer on several upcoming DC superhero movies rather than day-to-day manager and producer.
Roven and Deborah Snyder are the producers on “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which delivered somewhat disappointing results with $870 million in worldwide box office after two months in theaters.
Roven has worked on all DC Comics movies since 2005’s “Batman Begins,” including “Suicide Squad” and “Wonder Woman.” He could continue to be a producer on some sequels to those movies, though no final decision has been made.
“Roven is a key member of not only the DC slate but of the Warner Bros. family,” a studio spokesman said.
Roven has a producer credit on “The Dark Knight” trilogy, directed by Christopher Nolan, on 2013’s “Man of Steel,” “Suicide Squad” (due out in August) and on next year’s “Wonder Woman.” He’s currently on the set of “Justice League: Part 1” in London, but will not be a producer on “Aquaman” and “The Flash.”
The studio is giving oversight of its DC Entertainment movies to Warner’s executive VP Jon Berg and DC’s chief operating officer Geoff Johns through its recently created DC Films banner. Berg will continue to report to Greg Silverman and Johns to DC Entertainment topper Diane Nelson.
The moves are being characterized as part of an evolution of the executive structure at Warner Bros., which has been attempting to rev up its output of movies based on the DC characters. Warner Bros. announced earlier this month that Ben Affleck had expanded his role in the DC universe by taking on the duties of executive producer on Warner Bros.’ “Justice League: Part One,” in addition to starring as Batman.
Variety reported last week that Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment were developing a new standalone Harley Quinn movie featuring an all-star cast of female DC heroes and villains with Margot Robbie attached to reprise her “Suicide Squad” role.