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CBMB: DC Movies Finds a New Leader for its Franchise Future

By Muuka Muyumba

Warner Bros has announced that they are promoting New Line producer, Walter Hamada (seen below on the far right), as the ‘president’ of DC Comics-based production. Hamada has made his bones on building New Line’s (a subsidiary of WB) horror slate with franchises like The Conjuring and IT. Hamada has worked closely with current DC movie directors James Wan (The Conjuring/Aquaman), and David F. Sandberg (Annabelle: Creations/Shazam!).

Hamada will effectively replace Jon Berg who had been placed in a co-producing role with DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns. Berg lost his status with DC films after Justice League performed poorly this past November. However, reports had Johns’ position in limbo. Today’s reports acknowledge that Johns will indeed remain as an important part of the DC Movies future.

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Hamada has close ties to WB president and chief contact officer Toby Emmerich who was reportedly impressed with Hamada’s handling of development on Shazam! at New Line. Emmerich has apparently staved off any threats to his job with this move considering he had a hand in allowing Henry Cavill’s mustache to almost completely derail his $300 Million Justice League production.

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Emmerich added “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.”

Hamada looks to right the ship after Wonder Woman exploded for WB in 2017 to only see Justice League douse some of the fire. WB only has Aquaman to look forward to in 2018 which is directed by Hamada’s long-time collaborator Wan. Many fans will be rejoicing that Hamada gets to call the shots for DC films, but many thought that when they announced Berg 2 years ago. Fans have long been clamouring for DC movies to hire someone akin to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige; one singular voice to can establish a throughline between films, set a tone for the universe, and be a vocal promoter for his films. Feige also now has a reputation for trusting his filmmakers to work within his framework.

Hamada’s hiring seems to be a ray of sunlight, but this news continues have fans wondering why WB won’t entrust Johns with the full presidency. Johns worked alongside Feige as a production assistant at the Donner production offices. There he learned filmmaking from producing/directing couple Lauren Shuler-Donner and Richard Donner. However, Johns’ path led him to writing comics rather than producing films like Feige did with X-Men and Blade in the early 2000s. Johns’ comics career eventually led him to producing, but on the small screen primarily with the Arrowverse on the CW. However, he took a hit when he produced Green Lantern in 2009, so it’s been a long fight to get back to those heights.

Whatever roles they play, Hamada and Johns have to establish themselves with a strong slate of films and creatives to take them beyond 2018.