We all knew this was coming. Late last year, it was revealed that there would be something of a shakeup over at Warner Bros. and DC Films. After the disappointing box office performance of Justice League (which has inched past $650 million worldwide, likely resulting in around a $50 million loss for the studio), it became clear that they couldn’t retain the status quo in hopes of getting different results.
Jon Berg was shifted over to partner with Roy Lee, who produced such films as The LEGO Movie and IT, and while Geoff Johns remains involved with the films, it’ll be more in an advisory role than in a Kevin Feige-esque one.
But who is Warner Bros. bringing in to take over? The studio has announced (via Variety) that Walter Hamada has been tapped to oversee the production of their DC films.
The executive has been over at New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros., or some time, and is one of the guys who helped bring in such horror movies as IT and The Conjuring. He also reportedly has a good relationship with Aquaman director James Wan (though it’s unclear if that actually means anything, since Aquaman is already well underway). In addition to the DC Extended Universe films, he will also oversee those that exist out of the DC canon.
This seems like an odd move to me. Part of the appeal of Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige was how much he knew Marvel’s source material. By bringing in Johns originally, they had someone who knew the DC material. In replacing him, they’re almost reverting back to the old days, where executives who knew nothing about comic books were making these decisions. It remains to be seen just how this will turn out, but it does seem to be a step backward.
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