Warner Bros. has tapped Walter Hamada to be president of production of DC Films, essentially overseeing the studio's comic book movies, Variety reports in a new exclusive.
Hamada previously served as a production executive at New Line films, helping that division of WB produce horror hits like IT and The Conjuring. Naturally Hamada has ties to Aquaman and Conjuring director James Wan, helping to expand the Conjuring brand into a successful franchise universe of hits like the Annabelle series. He also worked for TriStar and Columbia Pictures earlier in his career.
As for how this will affect the current roster over at DC Films:
- Former DC Films heads Jon Berg and Geoff Johns have been shifted. Berg is working as a production partner for Roy Lee (IT, LEGO Movie); Johns will still be with DC Films.
- Harry Potter franchise alum Courtenay Valenti will continue on in her recent appointment as president of production.
- Diane Nelson will continue as DC Entertainment chief.
- Hamada will fully break with New Line, and will also oversee any Warner Bros. comic book movies outside of the DC canon.
Justice League is now finishing its run in theaters. The film will be followed in the DC Extended Universe by Aquaman on December 21, 2018, Wonder Woman 2 on November 1, 2019, Shazam on April 5, 2019, Cyborg in 2020, and Green Lantern Corps in 2020.