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Walter Hamada will continue to steer the ship for DC Films as president. The executive has signed a new deal that will keep him with Warner Bros. through 2023, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Hamada has overseen Warner Bros.’ DC film universe since 2018, after rising as one of the executives behind the successful Conjuring horror series at Warners’ New Line division. He will continue to report to Warner Bros. Picture Group Chairman Toby Emmerich and will guide films intended for theatrical release, as well as projects set for HBO Max only. Variety first reported the news of Hamada’s deal.
“Walter is not only passionate about story and the DC canon, he’s also a thoughtful and incredibly talented executive who is fully committed to investing the time and care necessary for moviemaking on this scale,” said Emmerich in a statement. “With Walter overseeing our DC movies for theatrical exhibition and on HBO Max, we are excited for him and his team to bring more of these stories to life, working with new and established talent to broaden the reach and diversity of the DC cinematic universe.”
Warners released Wonder Woman 1984 Dec. 25 in an unprecedented rollout that saw it debut in theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously. Warners’ entire 2021 slate will follow suit.
Warners has a number of DC films in various stages of development, including The Suicide Squad, due out in theaters and HBO Max Aug. 6, as well as The Batman, which is in production. The studio also has plans for Aquaman 2, The Flash, Black Adam, Shazam! Fury of the Gods, Batgirl, Static Shock and a third Wonder Woman.
News of Hamada’s deal comes one week after Ray Fisher, known for playing Cyborg in 2017’s Justice League, stated that he would not be part of any production involving Hamada. Fisher, who has claimed that filmmaker Joss Whedon engaged in abusive behavior during reshoots of Justice League, previously said that Hamada attempted to throw Whedon as well as producer Jon Berg, “under the bus” in order to protect Geoff Johns, another Justice League producer Fisher accused of enabling Whedon. Warners put out a statement denying this at the time, and parent company WarnerMedia launched an investigation into Fisher’s claims, which it concluded in December. It said it had taken unspecified, “remedial action.” Hamada was not in his post during the production of Justice League.
Warners has plans to increase its output of DC-related projects to include HBO Max spinoff shows, including Peacemaker from The Suicide Squad filmmaker James Gunn, as well as an HBO Max spinoff of Matt Reeves’ The Batman.
“Walter is an incredibly talented, well-respected executive, known by his colleagues and our filmmakers as a great collaborator,” said Ann Sarnoff, Chair and CEO, WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group. “I’m excited about where he’s taking DC Films and look forward to working with him and the rest of the team to build out the DC Multiverse.”
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