Zack Snyder has directed or executive produced all of the movies in the DC Comics franchise for Warner Bros. to this point.
There looks to be major shifts at Warner Bros. with its DC Comics movies, and not even its top creatives are safe.
Variety reported Thursday that there were no immediate plans for Zack Snyder, director of numerous DC Comics titles for the studio including "Justice League," to direct another DC movie.
This is on the heels of his last two DC movies, "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "Justice League," both getting hammered by the critics. Though the over-$800-million worldwide gross for "Batman v Superman" cushioned the blow for Warner Bros., Variety reported that the studio was concerned by the dark tone of the "Justice League" script and was hoping for something lighter. The trade also said that executives were concerned with the choice of doing a CGI Steppenwolf as the villain. This aspect of the movie was a standout complaint by critics and audiences.
Snyder also directed "Man of Steel" and was executive producer on DC movies "Suicide Squad" and "Wonder Woman."
The studio hired on Joss Whedon to punch up the "Justice League" dialogue, and he took over directing the reshoots after Snyder left the project following his daughter's suicide. However, the movie was too far along to make any substantial changes.
Though Snyder won't be directing another DC movie, his production deal will stay intact and he will still be executive producer on upcoming DC titles for Warner Bros., "Wonder Woman 2" and "Aquaman."
Jon Berg, who has been running the DC Comic Films with Geoff Johns, is stepping down from his role, according to the trade.
Business Insider contacted Warner Bros. and Snyder's rep for comment but did not get an immediate response.