by Josh Starnes, CMRO Editor
After two years of struggling, schmoozing and backstabbing the experiment in a Cerberus like three-headed CEO monster running the disparate aspects of Warner Bros. ended Monday with the announcement that Kevin Tsujihara will be the taking the reins as CEO of Warner Bros. entertainment.
The announcement left CEO competitor Jeff Robinov in his slot as President of the motion picture group, which has prompted speculation Robinov–head of the group since 2007–may jump ship to a CEO gig at a competitor such as Universal, according to an article Tuesday in Variety.
Such a change could also lead to major changes in some of the DC Entertainment fare lined up at the studio over the next decade. Robinov’s relationship with director Chris Nolan was a key piece to the success of The Dark Knight, Inception and The Dark Knight Rises. With his guiding hand off the wheel, future collaboration such as the Nolan produced, Zack Snyder directed Man of Steel due this summer could become a thing of the past.
That reality may already be setting in at Warner Bros. According to the Variety article, forward momentum on Justice League has been reduced pending the performance of Man of Steel this summer.
“A Justice League film wouldn’t likely be in theaters before 2015, as Warner’s top brass has indicated that they are awaiting the results of Man of Steel, which opens June 14, before moving further ahead,” the article said.
The success or failure of Man of Steel–and with it the proof that Warner Bros. can manage to make more than just successful Batman films–could also be key to Robinov’s future.
Other DC Entertainment property changes are already busy in the works. With the announcement of its 2013 schedule, Cartoon Network confirmed that the oft-delayed Young Justice was being canceled after the second season concludes, along with Green Lantern to be replaced by Beware the Batman and the returning Teen Titans Go!