DC Films Gets New Leadership After Justice League Misses The Mark
Will this fix the DC film universe?
There's a changing of the guard happening at Warner Bros. and DC Films. It was revealed in December that Jon Berg and Geoff Johns were being replaced as the heads of the DC Entertainment films division, and now the new head has been announced.
Producer Walter Hamada, whose credits include It, The Conjuring, and Annabelle, is stepping in to guide the future of DC properties on the big screen. The move, which was first reported by Variety, comes after Justice League failed to meet its critical or box office hype in late 2017, leaving many wondering what the future of the DC movie universe would look like.
With so many films announced, Warner Bros. is counting on Hamada and Johns, who will remain the DC Entertainment president, to right the ship. "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," Warner Bros. President and Chief Content Officer Toby Emmerich says in a statement.
Given that production on DC's next movie, Aquaman, has already wrapped up due to its December 2018 release, it's possible any major tonal shifts that come as part of the leadership change won't be noticeable until Shazam hits theaters in 2019. However, Hamada has experience working with directors James Wan (Aquaman) and David F. Sandberg (Shazam), serving as an executive producer on their previous work in the horror genre.
In addition to those two films, DC has Wonder Woman 2, Cyborg, and Green Lantern Corps as part of its upcoming slate. There are also a number of unconfirmed projects that have been talked about, including several Harley Quinn and Joker-centric stories.
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