After an arguably tumultuous year for DC movies, Warner Bros. has decided to excite everyone with the announcement of a leadership change in the beginning of 2018.
At the center of this massive change is the promotion of talented film producer Walter Hamada, who will oversee the production of its comic book movies as DC Film’s new president. He will be taking the reins from Jon Berg and Geoff Johns, who were placed in charge of DC Films in 2016 after the disappointing performance of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Hamada, who was already working on the film development of “Shazam!”, another DC comic property, reportedly has a close relationship with “Aquaman” director James Wan. For a decade, Hamada served as a production executive at Warner Bros’ division New Line Cinema. He was credited with helping produce horror flicks “It,” “The Gallows,” and “The Conjuring”, all of which were massive hits.
For his new role, he is expected to take charge of upcoming movies based on superheroes, villains, and other titles licensed from DC. He will work closely with Johns, who remains as president and chief creative officer of DC Entertainment.
While the studio found tremendous success with “Wonder Woman,” both “Suicide Squad” and “Justice League” were found to be critical and financial disappointments. It was reported last month that veteran producer Jon Berg stepped down after “Justice League” failed to meet the studio’s expectations, earning $651 million worldwide.
In a statement to THR, Warner Bros. President Toby Emmerich said: “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.”