Berg: It’s a fun movie. It’s positive and optimistic. The early films may have been too dark in parts.
Johns: Most of the DC Universe is known as being a hopeful and optimistic place. It’s known for characters that are inspirational and aspirational. Anyone who knows and loves the DC Universe knows that a lot of that has to do with its hope and optimism.
“Suicide Squad” and “Batman v. Superman” made money, but critics hated them. Did you learn anything from the poor response to the films?
Berg: There are lessons from every movie. You would be silly not to analyze how a movie was received — what went right and what went wrong on the making of a movie.
On “Suicide Squad,” the movie did incredibly well commercially. It didn’t work narratively. You had some great casting and some great characterizations, but where the story fell down was on narrative, on plot. We could do better. “Batman v. Superman” was tonally dark. People didn’t respond to that.
Johns: “Wonder Woman” celebrated exactly who the character is, but looking at it, it’s not like we should change everything to be about hope and optimism. There’s nothing to change. That’s what these characters are.
Given the success of “Wonder Woman,” do you expect to make more female-driven comic-book films?
Johns: We’ve got a lot of plans for our female characters just because they’re great characters. There are many wonderful elements to the DC Universe, and one of them is that we have the best female characters, heroes and villains, in the world. No one is going to beat Wonder Woman and Batgirl and Harley Quinn.
Will Patty Jenkins be back to direct the sequel to “Wonder Woman”?
Johns: Patty and I are writing the treatment right now. The goal is to make another great “Wonder Woman” film. I had a blast making it with Patty the first time. We’ve got a cool idea for the second one.
Will Wonder Woman’s role be enhanced in “Justice League”?
Berg: Her role won’t change, but she was already playing a big role. People really responded to Gal [Gadot] in “Batman v. Superman.” We knew we had something special.
Joss Whedon is overseeing reshoots on “Justice League” and will write and direct “Batgirl.” How important will he be to the DC cinematic universe going forward?
Berg: He’s a big part already. We love him. He’s a great partner, collaborator; we want him to be ensconced. We bring people by, have general meetings and talk about comics and their favorite superhero movies. With Joss, he saw the master board, and he saw a “Batgirl” title and he said, “You guys seriously want to do ‘Batgirl’?” And we said, “Absolutely.” He said, “That’s my jam.”
“He should be here soon.” You think to yourself as you quickly glance at the alarm clock on the side table.
You’re head snaps towards the mirror.
Shit! Fuck! You’re hair is still a dripping and tangled mess around your face.
You rush over to the dresser, grab the hair brush and dryer before turning it on and trying to tame the wild curls surrounding your head.
Half way done, you turn around so that you can see the alarm briefly, you get butterflies in your stomach.
He should be here any second!
Looking back to the mirror, you can see that one half of your hair is dry and straight while the other still looks like you’ve been dragged through a bush backwards in the rain.
Oh god! I can’t go out and meet him looking like this when he pulls up.
Tugging the brush through it quickly, you try to wrestle the tangles out of your still damp and dripping hair.
When it’s half way straight, with half of your hair on the floor from how forcefully you raked the brush through the strands, you can hear a car drive up the pavement outside and stop.
You give it a few more brushes before rushing over to your bedroom window. You move so quickly, you trip and knock one of the cacti pots from your window ledge out into the world.
You stand, shocked and scared. Scared that it’s hit your date.
“Messing up your date before you’ve even started, way to bloody go y/n!” You think to yourself as you slowly edge your head over the ledge and peer down to see Henry staring right back up to you.
He gives you one of his big grins when he see you.
“If you didn’t want to go on a date with me, you could’ve just said.”
You stare at him, shocked. It’s only when he starts chuckling that you realise he’s teasing you.
“I’m so so sooo sorry, Henry! It didn’t hit you did it?”
He lets out a small laugh before looking down at his feet, where the remnants of the pot and cacti lie under him.
“No, love. Don’t worry about it.”
You let out a sigh of relief and smile down at him to get back.
“You ready to go on our date, love? Or have you got a few more pots you want rid of.”
You can feel your cheeks start to burn, almost certain that they’re as red as the dress your wearing.
Without answering him, you close the window and rushing, as quickly as is humanly possible in heels, down the stairs and towards your front door.
Once you open it, Henry is gazing intently at you as you step out, lock the door then turn back to him.
Only now his gaze isn’t sweet, it’s dark.
You stomach flips and you shakily walk towards his hand which he has held out for you.
Putting your hand in his, he walks you towards his car. Henry pulls you towards him before you can open the car door to get in.
“You look absolutely stunning in that dress and those heels, y/n.” He whispers into your ear.
You shakily get into the car and sigh let out the breathe you didn’t realise you’d been holding in until now.
“Tonight is going to be one long night if he keeps acting like this.” You think to yourself, secretly pleased that he likes you is the dress.