One of the longest standing complaints about the DC Films initiative at Warner Bros. Pictures is that it has lacked a figurehead, someone whom decisions to default to and can serve as the public face of it in the way Marvel Studios does with Kevin Feige.
Previously Jon Berg and Geoff Johns were in that position at DC Films, but in the wake of the box office disappointment of “Justice League,” Warners has reportedly removed Berg from the role and settled on a new choice to take the reigns – New Line executive Walter Hamada.
Hamada helped shepherd “IT” through New Line, helped establish Warners’ successful “The Conjuring” universe and is a close confidante of “Aquaman” director James Wan. Hamada will continue to work alongside DC CCO Geoff Johns who will remain. Warner’s president and chief content officer Toby Emmerich says in a statement:
“Walter is creative, resourceful, and committed to excellence, and will bring those qualities to his oversight of our superhero films. He’s a terrific production executive and served as an executive producer on two of the summer’s most popular films, New Line’s ‘It’ and ‘Annabelle: Creation.’ I’m confident Walter and Geoff, working with our filmmaking partners, will deliver films that will resonate with both broad global audiences as well as DC fanboys and fangirls. Walter’s a great addition to the Warner Bros. Pictures team, and I look forward to working with him in his new post.”
The move will hopefully bring some stability to a brand which has seen the likes of Chris Nolan, David Goyer, Zack and Deborah Snyder, Charles Roven, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns all been sought for and/or serving as its main architect before moving onto other things. With only “Aquaman” set for release in 2018 and with both “Shazam” and “Wonder Woman 2” having not begun filming yet, the new team now has a chance to reassess its films before moving forward on any more.
Of that “Wonder Woman” sequel, director Patty Jenkins said to ET this week: “We’re actually making a totally different film with a lot of the same, similar like things that we love, but it’s its own movie completely, so it’s not ‘two’ to us. It’s an entirely new adventure together that we couldn’t be luckier [to do].” She also indicates they’re trying hard to get Lynda Carter to do a cameo.
Source: Heat Vision