Since filmmaker Zack Snyder departed Justice League and the DCEU and controversy swept DC Films, Warner Bros.’ superhero film franchise has been left without a head guiding the shared universe, resulting in a series of standalone films with no common direction. The company is reportedly looking to fix that by appointing someone to act as the “Kevin Feige” of the DCEU. According to Variety, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav suggested on an earnings call that the company was eyeing Arrowverse head Greg Berlanti to oversee the DCEU and related properties. However, it should be noted Berlanti has not yet been approached for the role and he has not expressed any interest in taking it.
Zaslav directly compared the role to that of Marvel Studios president and chief creative officer Kevin Feige, who has spent over a decade shaping the hugely successful Marvel Cinematic Universe. Reports also suggest the Warner Bros. Discovery CEO did not acknowledge DC Film’s Walter Hamada, who has served as DC Films president since 2018. Berlanti has been attached to the Arroverse since 2012, when he created, wrote and produced Arrow alongside Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim. The show spawned the long-running Flash spinoff and ultimately led to the ensemble series Legends of Tomorrow, as well as Supergirl, Batwoman, Black Lightning and more. While the Arrowverse lives on with Superman & Lois and The Flash, virtually all others have been cancelled. Even The Flash will conclude with its upcoming ninth season.