With the exception of Wonder Woman, 2017 wasn’t a great year for movies based on DC Comics, and Warner Bros. is looking to correct that going forward by hiring Walter Hamada as the new president of DC-based film production.
If Hamada’s name isn’t familiar, at least his films will as he most recently oversaw It – based on the Stephen King novel.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Hamada will focus on Warners’ slate of upcoming films based on superheroes and villains, as well as titles based on other characters and other stories also licensed from DC. He will work closely with Geoff Johns, the president and chief creative officer of DC Entertainment who worked side-by-side with Berg, while also drawing resources from both Warners and New Line.”
“Walter is creative, resourceful, and committed to excellence, and will bring those qualities to his oversight of our superhero films,” said Warner Bros. president and chief content officer, Toby Emmerich in a statement. “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.”
The good news out of all this news is Warner Bros. isn’t giving up on DC movies, and hopefully, Hamada will bring the necessary control and direction over the upcoming slate of films. It is also good to note that he will be working with Geoff Johns to ensure the films stay on course with the comic books.
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