“New year, new me,” goes the saying. It seems that Warner Bros. is taking that to heart with its DCEU, announcing that a new executive will be in charge of the flailing universe.
This past year was not one DC wants to remember. Yes, it did have its first monster hit with Wonder Woman, but that momentum was completely squandered with Justice League. Warner Bros. was not happy with how the latter movie was handled, so it has shuffled its executive hierarchy, promoting producer Walter Hamada to run the DC universe.
Hamada executive produced It, The Conjuring and the Annabelle, so clearly he knows how to steer a franchise. Shifting gears from horror to comic book movies is a big change, but the horror fares Hamada was responsible for ended up being mightily successful. Warner Bros. hopes he can work his magic with the DC universe, which is struggling to find stable footing.
DC Entertainment Creative Officer and long-time comic book writer Geoff Johns will continue to stay on, working alongside Hamada.
The next movie out for the DC universe is Aquaman, but that won’t happen until December, twelve long months away. That should give Hamada plenty of time to organize a strategic roadmap for DC movies. Beyond Aquaman, only Shazam! and Wonder Woman 2 are sure fires to get made; every other project is still hanging in the air with no release date, including The Batman and Justice League 2.