Change At The Top For DC Films

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by Owen Williams |
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Wonder Woman notwithstanding, the DC Movie Universe is still struggling to catch a break. While it seems ridiculous to label box office in the hundreds of millions of dollars disappointing, Justice League's struggling to reach even Man Of Steel numbers has been a cause of some alarm within the Warner/DC studio machine. A shake-up began last month with Jon Berg and Geoff Johns stepping down as co-chairs of DC Films, and it's now been announced that Walter Hamada will replace them as president of DC-based film production.

Hamada moves over from the New Line side of Warner Bros, where he's been part of the great success story of Aquaman director James Wan's Conjuring films and their spin-offs, as well as It. "Walter is creative, resourceful, and committed to excellence," said Warner President and Chief Content Officer Toby Emmerich, "and will bring those qualities to his oversight of our superhero films."

Johns, who himself was brought in as part of the Batman V Superman postmortem, remains at DC as a president and creative officer, but now overseeing comics and TV as well as film. He'll apparently continue to "work closely" with Hamada. "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," says Emmerich. Berg, meanwhile, has joined forces with The Lego Movie's Roy Lee as a production partner with a Warners deal.

Aquaman is due out at the end of this year, with Shazam! and Wonder Woman 2 both due in 2019. It's now Hamada's job to figure out what happens after that.

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