Warner Bros. seems to be listening to the disgruntled fans who are not happy with the direction of the franchise. While the movies are still making a lot of money, and Wonder Woman seemed like a great turning point, people still want changes when it comes to characters like Superman and Batman. Warner Bros. seems ready to make changes and has signed a brand-new president for their DC Comics division.
Warner Bros. has signed Walter Hamada to run their DC Comics movies division. Hamada was the executive at New Line and shepherded in movies like It and the Conjuring horror movie series. It does seem a little strange that a company criticized for being too dark would hire a man whose greatest success has been with horror movies, but the adaptation of It was great.
The news came from the Hollywood Reporter, who also pointed out that there have been a number of changes at Warner Bros. as they try to match up with Marvel Comics and Disney at the box office. Jon Berg was the head of the comics division but was let go after Justice League struggled at the box office (it made $651 million worldwide).
While Hamada will become president of DC Movies, Geoff Johns will also remain onboard as the CCO and President of DC Entertainment. It appears that the two men will work together to oversee the expanding DCEU. Warner Bros. president, Toby Emmerich, feels that this will be a great move for both box office as well as appeasing comic book fans.
“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.”
The next movie on the slate for DC Comics is Aquaman, which has a Dec. 21 release date.