DC Comics stable of heroes and villains have a brand new boss to report to when it comes to the film versions of their adventures.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. New Line Division executive Walter Hamada, one of the executives behind The Conjuring franchise and It, will be named the President of the DC based film division. Hamada is replacing Jon Berg, who took over the position in 2016, after he left the position in December to become a partner at Vertigo, one of the production divisions run by producer Roy Lee.
Berg’s departure and Hamada’s hiring come after reports that Warner Bros. is seeking to once again reshuffle their DC films division after the very disappointing numbers for November’s Justice League. Previously the studio did a restructuring after Batman V. Superman took a critical and audience panning & didn’t meet expectations in 2016, which led to them putting Berg in the position.
DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns will remain connected to the films and will work side-by-side with Hamada, as he did with Berg, on the slate of films that are focused on the DC Comics-branded characters. Together they will draw on resources available from both Warner Bros. and New Line.
“Walter is creative, resourceful, and committed to excellence, and will bring those qualities to his oversight of our superhero films,” said Warner’s President and Chief Content Officer Toby Emmerich in a statement. “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.”
Hamada won’t be coming in with just his horror film success, he was also involved with the DC film Shazam! which is the only one of the DC films that is being produced under the New Line banner. Reportedly it was his work on this that impressed Emmerich, though the two also had a prior relationship as Emmerich previously was in charge of New Line.
Alongside the disappointment of Justice League, with Wonder Woman being the only truly successful DC Films entry in recent years, Hamada also comes into a line that has a ton of films on the slate all in various stages of development. Currently this fall’s Aquaman, and next year’s Shazam! and Wonder Woman sequels are the only guaranteed films on the docket.
The Matt Reeves The Batman, Flash/Flashpoint, Green Lantern Corps, Suicide Squad 2, Batgirl, Nightwing, Deathstroke, Joker and Harley, Gotham City Sirens, Black Adam, Cyborg, Joker and others have all been bounced around or concretely talked about over the last few years with some of the films seeming to be placed on the back burner as time moves forward.