DC Films is American film production company that is a subsidiary of Warner Bros., a division of Warner Bros. Discovery dedicated to the production of films based on characters from DC Comics. Walter Hamada is the current president of DC Films.
|Headquarters||4000 Warner Boulevard,|
|Walter Hamada (president)|
|Brands||DC Extended Universe|
|Owner||Warner Bros. Discovery|
|Parent||Warner Bros. Pictures (2016–2022) |
Warner Bros. Entertainment (2022–present)
|Footnotes / references|
During DC's National era, the company licensed Batman and Superman (and other All-American Comics characters) to Republic Pictures and Columbia Pictures for advertising serials and shorts. Other comic characters, such as Fawcett Comics' Shazam and Quality Comics' Plastic Man (which ultimately sold to DC), also had a serial short.
Warner Communications eraEdit
After the release of the first feature-length Batman film, Kinney National Company (later Warner Communications) purchased National Comics Publication in 1967 and then Warner Bros.-Seven Arts in 1969. This purchase meant that the comic company's television and theatrical distribution turned over to Warner Bros. However, it would not take effect until the late 1980s (likely due to licensing deals) after the release of the Superman and Swamp Thing films. The Batman films once again marked a return to the big screen.
Beginning of DC FilmsEdit
After the divisive reception of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. Pictures made moves to stabilize the direction of the DC Extended Universe. The studio 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 Comics 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. However, the division's formation was not designed to override the "director-driven" mandate.
Justice League had one of the biggest film budgets (nearly $300 million) but grossed about $96 million in its opening weekend. An analysis in The Washington Post expected that there would be a course correction again, with a possible change in leadership. The DC Extended Universe operated under a "director-driven" mandate. Forbes contributors felt that 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. Despite this, in December the studio reiterated their current film slate for the unofficially titled DC Extended Universe. 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, Warner Bros. executive Walter Hamada was appointed as new president of DC Films, to oversee the films in the DC Extended Universe. Hamada has been closely associated with New Line Cinema, and helped develop horror films, such as It and The Conjuring film franchises.
In April 2022, after the merger between WarnerMedia and Discovery, Inc. to form Warner Bros. Discovery, a new CEO David Zaslav was exploring a restructuring of DC Entertainment, including having a creative leader akin to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige to lead its film and television projects. Later in May, Toby Emmerich stepped down as the head of the Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group, and the group was restructured to give DC Films, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema, and Warner Animation Group their own bespoke leadership. Former MGM executives Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy became the co-executives of Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema, but were also signed temporarily to oversee the remaining units until their new positions were filled.
When the release of the film Batgirl was cancelled by Warner Bros. Discovery in August, Hamada was reportedly not consulted regarding the decision and only learned about it when Warner Bros. Pictures Group co-chairpersons and CEOs Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy informed him at a test screening for Black Adam (2022). Hamada was upset and considered resigning, but agreed to stay at least until Black Adam's release. Later that month, Dan Lin entered talks to oversee DC's film and television divisions. From this position, Lin would report directly to Zaslav, while Hamada would depart the studio. In September, Lin and Warner Bros. Discovery ended negotiations without reaching terms and agreed to part ways. 
- Walter Hamada (January 2018–present): President, DC-Based Film Production at Warner Bros. Pictures
- Chantal Nong (February 2018–present): Vice president of Production, overseeing development & production management of DC-based films.
- Geoff Johns (May 2016–December 2017): Former co-chairman of DC Films, former DC Entertainment president and CCO (February 2010–June 2018), and former co-runner of DCEU (2015–June 2018).
- Jon Berg (May 2016–December 2017): Former WB executive vice president, former co-chairman of DC Films, and former co-runner of DCEU.
|1||Suicide Squad||August 5, 2016||David Ayer||Warner Bros. Pictures and Atlas Entertainment||DC Extended Universe|
|2||Wonder Woman||June 2, 2017||Patty Jenkins||Warner Bros. Pictures, Atlas Entertainment and Cruel and Unusual Films|
|3||Justice League||November 17, 2017||Zack Snyder
|Warner Bros. Pictures, RatPac-Dune Entertainment[b] Atlas Entertainment and Cruel and Unusual Films|
|4||Aquaman||December 21, 2018||James Wan||Warner Bros. Pictures and The Safran Company|
|5||Shazam!||April 5, 2019||David F. Sandberg||Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema and The Safran Company|
|6||Joker||October 4, 2019||Todd Phillips||Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures, BRON Creative and Joint Effort Productions||Joker film series|
|7||Birds of Prey[c]||February 7, 2020||Cathy Yan||Warner Bros. Pictures, LuckyChap Entertainment, Kroll & Co. Entertainment and Clubhouse Productions||DC Extended Universe|
|8||Wonder Woman 1984||December 25, 2020||Patty Jenkins||Warner Bros. Pictures, Atlas Entertainment and The Stone Quarry|
|9||Zack Snyder's Justice League||March 18, 2021||Zack Snyder||Warner Bros. Pictures, Atlas Entertainment and The Stone Quarry||HBO Max exclusive|
|10||The Suicide Squad||August 5, 2021||James Gunn||Warner Bros. Pictures, Atlas Entertainment and The Safran Company|
|11||The Batman||March 4, 2022||Matt Reeves||Warner Bros. Pictures, 6th & Idaho and Dylan Clark Productions||The Batman shared universe|
|12||Black Adam||October 21, 2022||Jaume Collet-Serra||New Line Cinema, Seven Bucks Productions and FlynnPictureCo.||DC Extended Universe||Post-production|
|13||Shazam! Fury of the Gods||March 17, 2023||David F. Sandberg||New Line Cinema, The Safran Company|
|14||The Flash||June 23, 2023||Andy Muschietti||The Disco Factory and Double Dream|
|15||Blue Beetle||August 18, 2023||Angel Manuel Soto||Atlas Entertainment, The Safran Company and S&K Pictures|
|16||Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom||December 25, 2023||James Wan||The Safran Company, Atomic Monster Productions|
|17||Joker: Folie à Deux||October 4, 2024||Todd Phillips||Joint Effort and Bron Creative||Joker film series||Pre-Production|
|Black Canary||TBA||TBA||DC Extended Universe||HBO Max exclusive|
|Static Shock||TBA||TBA||Milestone Media and Outlier Society Productions||TBA|
|Green Lantern Corps||TBA||TBA||DC Extended Universe|
|Zatanna||TBA||TBA||Atomic Monster Productions||TBA|
|Untitled third Wonder Woman film||TBA||Patty Jenkins||DC Extended Universe|
|Untitled Hourman film||TBA||TBA||Chernin Entertainment||TBA|
|Blackhawks||TBA||Steven Spielberg||Amblin Entertainment and Kroll & Co. Entertainment||TBA|
|Untitled The Batman sequel||TBA||Matt Reeves||6th & Idaho and Dylan Clark Productions||The Batman shared universe|
- Whedon was hired by Warner Bros. Pictures during post-production to significantly alter the film. He is credited as co-screenwriter, while his directing was credited theatrically as executive producer. Despite this, Snyder retains sole credit as director of the film.
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- Also known as Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey or the long name of Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).
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