The shakeup at Warner Bros. DC Films unit has begun, as it was announced today that Walter Hamada has been appointed president of the DC Films production.
Per Variety, Hamada will now oversee Warner Bros. DC Films and comic book movies outside of the DC canon. Last month it was revealed change was ahead for the studio after the Justice League disappointed at the box-office, with both Jon Berg and Geoff Johns being replaced as the heads of DC Films.
Berg decided to become a production partner with Roy Lee, the producer of The Lego Movie and IT. As for Johns, he remains DC president and chief creative officer and will work closely with Hamada on the films. Johns position will see him continue to provide creative guidance to DC TV shows and comic books.
Johns congratulated Hamada on his appointment:
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
Warner Bros. want to match Marvel’s strategy, having critically acclaimed films and box-office success, something the studio has only had so with last year’s Wonder Woman.
Hamada worked as a production executive at New Line, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. and helped with horror hits IT, The Gallows, and The Conjuring franchise. He also has a close relationship with Aquaman director James Wan, after helping expand The Conjuring universe, with sequels and spin-offs.
President and chief content officer at Warner Bros. Toby Emmerich, who worked with Hamada at New Line released 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.”
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