Earlier today, we shared that Walter Hamada, an executive from New Line Cinema who shepherded and oversaw projects like IT and The Conjuring, was hired to officially oversee the production of all upcoming DC films.
Such a move comes a little less than two months after the disastrous opening of Justice League, which grossed less than half of what the The Avengers brought in over its own opening weekend.
As a result of the move, DC comics legend Geoff Johns will remain involved with the DC films, but will no longer have a role similar to Marvel’s Kevin Feige, who has guided the Marvel Cinematic Universe to success few franchises outside of Star Wars can match. To be fair, Johns did not hold the title for long, coming on board around the same time as Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice was released.
So, how does Johns feel about basically being demoted and removed from active duty on the DC Extended Universe ?
He seems to be taking it quite well actually, tweeting:
Welcome aboard, Walter!! Thrilled to be working with you! It’s been a blast on Shazam! — now it’s off to the rest of the DCU! (And get a twitter account!) https://t.co/qAGAWzWxWP
— Geoff Johns (@geoffjohns) January 4, 2018
If you are wondering why Hamada was already involved with the DCEU’s next film set to go into production, Shazam!, it’s because New Line Cinema is actually making that project under the Warner Bros. banner, and Hamada’s involvement is likely similar to his role in executive producing IT. This makes his move to DC a fitting one, especially if the Warner Bros bosses are impressed with the early development of Shazam!
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SOURCE: Geoff Johns (via Twitter)