This week DC Comics and Warner Brothers saw some sweeping changes with employees being laid off left and right. Now, this disastrous tide is being blamed on the failings of the DC Extended Universe's Justice League movie.
Ethan Van Sciver, a former DC and Green Lantern comic book artist who's been in the comic book industry for more than 26 years, put up a video on YouTube to talk about the changes that's been happening in DC for the last few days. Not only was 3% of DC's workforce let go, but 10% of Warner Brother's Consumer Products division was also fired.
This is one of the biggest lay-offs in the studio with many long-term employees losing work all because of the losses that came after Justice League.
According to Sciver, Justice League started out with a $350 budget under the directorship of Zack Snyder. However, as soon as the film's production came to its reshoots, Snyder decided to pull out of the project, taking a break after the suicide of his daughter earlier this year. While Snyder's exit was completely understandable, the movie had to continue its reshoots, and WB was more than eager to bring in Avengers director Joss Whedon. Hating the material, Whedon asked for around $300 million for the reshoots, changing almost everything in the film.
"The movie was a catastrophe. And it was an expensive catastrophe. It lost an awful lot of money," Sciver explained in his video.
"You have to imagine what spending close to $700 million on a movie and losing hundreds of millions of dollars on a movie can do to people, can do to their jobs. Shortly after, Diane [Nelson] took a break. Diane never came back. She announced she was staying gone," the comic book creator went on. "Geoff Johns, I think, also took some of the blame for the Justice League movie, and he lost his position there. Others at DC have who were involved with the Justice League movie also lost their jobs, lost their positions. The effects are still rippling."
This is terrible news for DC. Comic book artists shouldn't be made to pay for the mistakes made by Whedon. Warner Brother's Consumer Products Division shouldn't either.
It's sad to see what's happening to DC all because of Justice League.