There's no denying that the DCEU didn't start out on the right foot. After Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, DC had been floundering in the box office until Wonder Woman came along. The entire franchise was being spearheaded by Zack Snyder with Geoff Johns as head of DC Entertainment, but it looks like the two have actually varied ideas on how the DCEU should be run.
During a panel spotlighting his career (via Screen Rant), Johns explained:
I work with so many talented people. So there's people that love it, and understand it, and embrace it, and then there's people that don't know that and you want to help them learn it, and you want to tell them why a certain storyline for a certain character might not work. Or why a take on a character might not work, or what Superman really should be.
But the whole thing is to craft and shape the story and the tone to fit the character. And to celebrate the character, instead of deconstruct the character. I think you want to celebrate the character, because you've got to celebrate something and build it up, I think, to really make it into something that represents who that character truly is.
And also, the fact that I've written all these comic books gives me a lot of crediblity coming into the room because it's hard to argue sometimes. Like, people can tell me what Aquaman is, but if I've written the book – literally – it helps me out.
Probably one of the biggest gripes about Zack Snyder's take on Superman is how far off he is from the character in the comics. Some say Superman is supposed to be a beacon of hope and optimism, but so far we've only seen him as brooding and depressed. It looks like Johns also agrees that the character should be taken another direction.
Personally, I very much like Snyder's take on Superman. It delves a lot deeper into Clark Kent as a person, and it makes him more relatable in a way. Sure he can be a beacon of hope, but that doesn't mean he doesn't feel helpless too.
Hopefully we get to see the Superman that everyone really wants on Justice League when it comes out Nov. 17.