After taking a critical beating for its last two flicks, "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "Suicide Squad," DC is hoping to turn around public opinion with its next slate of releases, including this summer's "Wonder Woman" and this fall's "Justice League." And according to one writer working on the DC Expanded Universe, there's a huge tonal shift coming with the latter film.

That's the word from screenwriter Will Beall, who's hard at work on the script for the upcoming "Aquaman" standalone feature, which is due out in 2018. Beall, who also wrote an early (and ultimately scrapped) version of "Justice League," recently spoke with Collider about DC's next big screen outings, and said a significant change was in store for fans.

Here's what he told Collider:

" ... [W]hat you're going to see — I hope I'm not going to get in trouble for saying this — but it's much more fun, much poppier, than ... I haven't seen 'Wonder Woman' yet, but 'Batman vs Superman' was a little more somber. But 'Justice League' is a lot more fun. And I think that feels to me like the direction those movies are heading now."

That's certainly a diplomatic way of putting things, and should excite DC fans who were disappointed by the unrelenting darkness of "Dawn of Justice."

"Justice League" is due in theaters on November 17.

[via: Collider]