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DC Films is a movie production label and division based at the Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California. Dedicated to the production of films based on characters from DC Entertainment (DC Comics, Vertigo, and MAD Magazine). Walter Hamada is the current President of DC Films.[3]

DC Films
GenreSuperhero fiction
FoundedFebruary 29, 2016; 3 years ago (2016-02-29)
FounderJon Berg
Geoff Johns
Headquarters4000 Warner Blvd, ,
United States
Area served
Key people
ProductsMotion Pictures
ParentWarner Bros. Pictures Group
(Warner Bros. Entertainment)



DC Films began prior to May 2016 as a production banner.[1] In 2014, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara announced no fewer than 10 DC movies out to 2020.[4] The DC Extended Universe operated under a "director-driven" mandate.[1]

After Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the studio made moves to correct its direction.[1] Warner Bros. Pictures reorganized in May 2016 to have genre-responsible film executives. Thus DC Entertainment franchise films under Warner Bros. were placed under a newly created division, DC Films, created under Warner Bros. executive vice president Jon Berg and DC chief content officer Geoff Johns. This was done in hopes of competing more directly with Marvel Studios' Marvel Cinematic Universe. Johns also kept his existing role at DC Comics.[5] However, the division's formation was not designed to override the "director-driven" mandate.[1]

The Justice League film had one of the biggest film budgets (nearly $300 million) but grossed about $96 million in its opening weekend. A Washington Post analysis expected that would be a course correction again with a possible change in leadership.[4] Forbes contributors felt the course correction would be for DC Films to give up on the shared universe while continuing with the Wonder Woman films and occasionally other films, as Warner Bros. has other franchises they can work with.[6] Despite this, in December the studio reiterated their current film slate for the unofficially titled DC Extended Universe.[7] That same month, Warner Bros. announced that a new strategy and organization of DC Films would occur with Berg leaving his position as studio's co-president of production to form a Warner Bros.-based production company with Roy Lee, the producer of The LEGO Movie and It. In January 2018, it was announced that Warner Bros. executive Walter Hamada will be the new president of DC Films, and will oversee the movies in the DC Extended Universe. Hamada has been closely associated with New Line Cinema, and helped developed horror movies, such as It and The Conjuring film franchises.[8]

Criticism over "director-driven" mandateEdit

DC Films' "director-driven" mandate has been met with skepticism. Suicide Squad actress Margot Robbie, who played Harley Quinn and the producer of several upcoming Harley Quinn-related movies stated that (DC) producers must trust their director's vision. “In the DC Universe, too, once you decide on who your director is, and they have a vision, you have to enable that vision and step in at moments to keep it on course if need be. I think that’s the way. I think that’s what a producer should do," Robbie said.[9] Joss Whedon, who was hired to do re-shoots for Justice League, originally wanted a funnier opening sequence involving Batman. However, instead of adhering to Whedon's vision the studio tweaked the scene to make it serious. Whedon also dealt with studio pressure to make the movie funnier and lighter in the wake of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’s negative reviews because of its dark tone. He was also tasked to make the movie under two hours long.[10][11] Director Rick Famuyiwa, who was originally involved the upcoming Flash movie, disparaged Justice League over the success of Black Panther, which surpassed the total U.S. gross of Justice League in just four days and became one of the highest-grossing films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He parted ways from Warner Bros. due to creative differences. In November 2017, it was reported that the studio wanted to recast Kiersey Clemons who was Famuyiwa's pick to play Iris West. Her scene was cut from Justice League. It was also hinted that it was the studio's decision to move away from Famuyiwa's take on the Flash.[12]



  • President, DC-Based Film Production, Warner Bros. Pictures[3]
  • Chantal Nong (February 2018—present):
  • Vice President of Production, overseeing development and production management of DC-based films.[13]


  • former co-chairmen of DC Films.[14]
  • former DC Entertainment President and CCO (February 2010—June 2018), and former co-runner of DCEU (2015—June 2018).[15]
  • Jon Berg (May 2016—December 2017).[14][5]:
  • former WB executive vice president,[5] former co-chairmen of DC Films, and former co-runner of DCEU.[14]

Production libraryEdit

Title Release date Director(s) Co-production company(s) Distributor
Suicide Squad August 5, 2016 (2016-08-05) David Ayer DC Entertainment Inc., RatPac Entertainment, Atlas Entertainment Warner Bros. Pictures
Wonder Woman June 2, 2017 (2017-06-02) Patty Jenkins DC Entertainment Inc., RatPac Entertainment, Atlas Entertainment, Cruel and Unusual Films, Tencent Pictures, Wanda Pictures
Justice League November 17, 2017 (2017-11-17) Zack Snyder RatPac Entertainment, Access Entertainment,[16] Atlas Entertainment, Cruel and Unusual Films
Aquaman December 21, 2018 (2018-12-21) James Wan Warner Bros. Pictures, The Safran Company, Cruel and Unusual Films, Mad Ghost Productions
Shazam! April 5, 2019 (2019-04-05) David F. Sandberg New Line Cinema, The Safran Company, Seven Bucks Productions, Mad Ghost Productions
Pending release
The Kitchen August 9, 2019 (2019-08-09) Andrea Berloff New Line Cinema, DC Vertigo, BRON Creative, Michael De Luca Productions, Creative Wealth Media Finance Warner Bros. Pictures
Joker October 4, 2019 (2019-10-04) Todd Phillips Village Roadshow Pictures, BRON Creative, Joint Effort Productions, Sikelia Productions
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn) February 7, 2020 (2020-02-07) Cathy Yan LuckyChap Entertainment, Kroll & Co. Entertainment, Clubhouse Productions Warner Bros. Pictures
Wonder Woman 1984 June 5, 2020 (2020-06-05) Patty Jenkins Atlas Entertainment, The Stone Quarry, Mad Ghost Productions
The Batman June 25, 2021 (2021-06-25) Matt Reeves Pearl Street Films Warner Bros. Pictures
The Suicide Squad August 6, 2021 (2021-08-06) James Gunn Michael De Luca Productions, Atlas Entertainment, Lin Pictures, Mad Ghost Productions, The Safran Company
Super Pets May 20, 2022 (2022-05-20) Jared Stern
& Sam Levine
DC Entertainment Inc., Warner Animation Group, Warner Bros. Animation
In development
Black Adam TBA Jaume Collet-Serra New Line Cinema, Seven Bucks Productions, FlynnPictureCo. Warner Bros. Pictures
The Flash TBA Andrés Muschietti Atlas Entertainment, The Stone Quarry, Working Title Films, Di Novi Pictures, Lord Miller Productions, The Disco Factory
Aquaman 2 December 16, 2022 (2022-12-16) TBA Atomic Monster Productions, The Safran Company

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ Lang, Brent. "Warner Bros. Taps Walter Hamada to Oversee DC Films Production (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Walter Hamada". Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  4. ^ a b Zeitchik, Steven (November 20, 2017). "Why 'Justice League' failed — and where DC goes from here". Washington Post.
  5. ^ a b c Kit, Borys (May 17, 2016). "'Batman v. Superman' Fallout: Warner Bros. Shakes Up Executive Roles". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  6. ^ Mendelson, Scott (November 22, 2017). "Box Office: As 'Justice League' Crosses $320M, Should DC Films Be Saved?". Forbes. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  7. ^ Bacon, Thomas (December 10, 2017). "Warner Bros. Doesn't Adjust Film Slate in Response to Justice League". Screen Rant. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Lang, Brent. "Warner Bros. Taps Walter Hamada to Oversee DC Films Production (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Margot Robbie has some advice for DC producers". The Indian Express. December 3, 2017. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  10. ^ Robinson, Joanna (November 24, 2017). "Justice League Was Apparently Micromanaged Even More Than We Thought". Vanity Fair. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  11. ^ Guerrasio, Jason (November 25, 2017). "Joss Whedon wanted a funny opener for Justice League but was overruled by Warner Bros., actor says". Business Insider. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  12. ^ Dumaraog, Ana (February 20, 2018). "Former Flash Director Throws Shade at Justice League With Black Panther's Success". Screen Rant. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
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  14. ^ a b c Hughes, Mark (December 7, 2017). "Jon Berg Moves Out Of Warner Leadership As Studio Reacts To DCEU Failures". Forbes. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
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