Warner Bros. has announced that Walter Hamada, one of the executives behind the successful The Conjuring series, has been named the president of DC-based film production. This comes after Jon Berg, former man in charge, left the position this past December. Hamada will work closely with DC Entertainment’s current president and chief creative officer Geoff Johns, focusing on the upcoming slate of DC films. Johns did not take long to react to this, as he tweeted his excitement to work with Hamada:
The tweet also shows that both of them, Hamada and Johns, have been hard at work with ‘SHAZAM!’ in its pre-production stages. Toby Emmerich, current president and chief content officer at Warner Bros. also commented and commended Hamada in a statement:
“Walter is creative, resourceful, and committed to excellence, and will bring those qualities to his oversight of our superhero films, 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 studio is hoping this move will help the DCU (or however you want to call it at this point) find consistency with its films. “Wonder Woman” was a massive success, yet “Justice League” falls on the other side of the spectrum. What has Hamada done that has taken him to be the leading man in the DC film production? His repertoire is quite impressive, actually.
Walter Hamada worked as a production executive at New Line, which is a division of Warner Bros. He helped create horror hits such as “The Conjuring,” “The Gallows,” and “It.” While working on “The Conjuring,” he developed a close relationship with James Wan, whom you might know is directing DC’s only 2018 film, “Aquaman.” He’s set to leave New Line and will oversee any other types of comic book movies that the studio produces outside of the DC canon.
What are your thoughts on this? Are you excited and hopeful for the future of the DCU? Are you a fan of Hamada’s past work? Let us know at @SuperBroMovies.