in the middle of the HBO Max movie shelf Bat girl and the clear wish of the head of Warner Bros. Discovery David Zaslav to find new leadership for the DC universe, dc movies President walter hamada was about to walk out of the studio and consulted with a lawyer, sources say The Hollywood Reporter.
Hamada has now agreed to remain in his post at least until the October 21 release of the Dwayne Johnson film. black adam, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. “He is taking a break,” says a source. “The decision to do this contradictory hasn’t been made yet.” Hamada could not be reached for comment.
The tension arises as Zaslav has promised to do what he has called a “reset” regarding DC, with a 10-year plan that he hopes will see the brand compete with Disney-owned Marvel Studios, which has built the biggest movie franchise in history. “We think we can build a much stronger sustainable growth business outside of DC,” Zaslav said during Thursday’s earnings call. “As part of that, we are going to focus on quality. We are not going to release any movie before it is ready… DC is something we can improve on.”
A source says Warner Bros. Pictures Group co-chairmen and CEOs Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy, who oversee DC until Zaslav takes over new leadership, briefed Hamada in a recent meeting. black adam screening test that Bat girl, a $90 million film that was in post-production, would be shelved. The explanation was that, given Zaslav’s strategy, the picture was not strong enough for a theatrical release and was too expensive for a streaming release. The company, under pressure to cut costs, opted to write off the project.
A source with knowledge of the situation says that Hamada was upset that he had not been consulted and worried about the impact on those involved in the making of the film. On August 2, before the talent and his representatives were informed of the decision, the New York Post broke the news that the film had been shelved. The charge reported that the film scored poorly in tests, and said that a source described it as “irredeemable”.
In May, Warner Bros. Discovery canceled another DC movie aimed at the streamer, wonderful twinsright after KJ Apa and Isabel May were cast as leads.
Hamada took over his role in 2018 during a difficult time for DC, which was struggling to find its footing after League of Justice (2017) failed at the box office and there was no clear path forward for its cinematic universe.
During his tenure, Hamada has forged relationships with filmmakers like Marvel favorite James Gunn, bringing him on board for the suicide squad (2021) and keep him in the fold for Pacifier, an HBO Max spin-off. Instead of contending for Marvel’s tightly interconnected movie universe, the DC properties under his supervision were only loosely connected, and sometimes took place in entirely separate universes, such as jester (2019), which outperformed with over $1 billion at the box office and earned Joaquin Phoenix an Oscar for best actor, and Matt Reeves’ the batman (2022), which generated 769.2 million dollars worldwide, a strong figure for the pandemic.
Prior to DC Films, Hamada was an executive producer at New Line, where he oversaw the genre label’s successful horror franchise. The spell Y It’s (2017), which grossed $701.8 million at the box office.