Walter Hamada, Executive of ‘It’ and ‘The Conjuring’, Becomes New President of DC Films At Warner Bros
A few months back, after Justice League premiered and wasn’t as well received as Warner expected, they have announced that in the next few months they would be making changes in their DCEU, beginning with the President of DC Movies division at Warner.
Earlier today, it was announced by The Hollywood Reporter that Walter Hamada, one of the executives behind two of Warner’s most successful films –The Conjuring and IT (2017)-, will be the man in charge of the DC film division at Warner, confirmed by Geoff Johns -head of DC Entertainment- on Twitter after the news broke.
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
According to THR article -who first broke the news- Hamada will focus on Warners’ slate of DC upcoming films, both in the main DCEU as well as those rumoured to be set in “another universe“, but overall he is in charge of everything that’s licensed under DC brand, working side by side with Geoff Johns.
Hamada impressed Toby Emmerich -Warner’s current president and chief content officer- with his job back when Emmerich headed New Line, as Hamada is currently working on Shazam!, the first DCEU film having New Line involved.
In a statement about Hamada’s new position as the president of DC Films, Emmerich praised Hamada’s job and commitment in DC projects as well as his excitement for the times that are coming.
“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.”
So far, Warner is currently working on three DC films: Aquaman, Wonder Woman 2 and Shazam!, with the prospect of future releases for The Batman, The Flash, Gotham City Sirens, Suicide Squad 2, Man of Steel 2 and more, but things can change as Warner and Hamada will decide what to do for the DCEU in the next few months.
Although Wonder Woman became a critically acclaimed film and a box office success, the reality is that Justice League didn’t quite reach the expectancies of the world -both audiences and executives- so imaging that some things are going to change is not so far fetched.
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DC’s next film is Aquaman, directed by James Wan, and is expected to land in theatres on December 21, 2018.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter.