DC Films is American film production company that is a subsidiary of Warner Bros.,[4][5] 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.[3]

DC Films
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryFilm
Television
Animation
GenreSuperhero fiction
Founded2016
FounderGeoff Johns
Jon Berg
Headquarters4000 Warner Boulevard, ,
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Walter Hamada (president)
ProductsMotion pictures
Television shows
BrandsDC Extended Universe
OwnerWarner Bros. Discovery
ParentWarner Bros. Pictures (2016–2022)
Warner Bros. Entertainment (2022–present)
Websitewww.dc.com/movies
Footnotes / references
[1][2][3]

BackgroundEdit

National eraEdit

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.

HistoryEdit

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.[6] However, the division's formation was not designed to override the "director-driven" mandate.[7]

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.[8] The DC Extended Universe operated under a "director-driven" mandate.[7] 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.[9] Despite this, in December the studio reiterated their current film slate for the unofficially titled DC Extended Universe.[10] 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.[11]

Possible reconstructionEdit

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.[12] 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.[13]

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.[14] 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.[15][16] In September, Lin and Warner Bros. Discovery ended negotiations without reaching terms and agreed to part ways. [17]

ManagementEdit

CurrentEdit

  • Walter Hamada (January 2018–present):[11] President, DC-Based Film Production at Warner Bros. Pictures[3]
  • Chantal Nong (February 2018–present): Vice president of Production, overseeing development & production management of DC-based films.[18]

FormerEdit

  • Geoff Johns (May 2016–December 2017): Former co-chairman of DC Films,[19] former DC Entertainment president and CCO (February 2010–June 2018), and former co-runner of DCEU (2015–June 2018).[20]
  • Jon Berg (May 2016–December 2017):[19][6] Former WB executive vice president,[6] former co-chairman of DC Films, and former co-runner of DCEU.[19]

Production libraryEdit

# Title U.S.
release date
Director(s) Co-production companies Franchise Notes
Released
1 Suicide Squad August 5, 2016 (2016-08-05) David Ayer Warner Bros. Pictures and Atlas Entertainment DC Extended Universe
2 Wonder Woman June 2, 2017 (2017-06-02) Patty Jenkins Warner Bros. Pictures, Atlas Entertainment and Cruel and Unusual Films
3 Justice League November 17, 2017 (2017-11-17) Zack Snyder
Joss Whedon[a]
Warner Bros. Pictures, RatPac-Dune Entertainment[b] Atlas Entertainment and Cruel and Unusual Films
4 Aquaman December 21, 2018 (2018-12-21) James Wan Warner Bros. Pictures and The Safran Company
5 Shazam! April 5, 2019 (2019-04-05) David F. Sandberg Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema and The Safran Company
6 Joker October 4, 2019 (2019-10-04) 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 (2020-02-07) Cathy Yan Warner Bros. Pictures, LuckyChap Entertainment, Kroll & Co. Entertainment and Clubhouse Productions DC Extended Universe
8 Wonder Woman 1984 December 25, 2020 (2020-12-25) Patty Jenkins Warner Bros. Pictures, Atlas Entertainment and The Stone Quarry
9 Zack Snyder's Justice League March 18, 2021 (2021-03-18) Zack Snyder Warner Bros. Pictures, Atlas Entertainment and The Stone Quarry HBO Max exclusive
10 The Suicide Squad August 5, 2021 (2021-08-05) James Gunn Warner Bros. Pictures, Atlas Entertainment and The Safran Company
11 The Batman March 4, 2022 (2022-03-04) Matt Reeves Warner Bros. Pictures, 6th & Idaho and Dylan Clark Productions The Batman shared universe
Upcoming
12 Black Adam October 21, 2022 (2022-10-21) Jaume Collet-Serra New Line Cinema, Seven Bucks Productions and FlynnPictureCo.[24] DC Extended Universe Post-production
13 Shazam! Fury of the Gods March 17, 2023 (2023-03-17) David F. Sandberg New Line Cinema, The Safran Company
14 The Flash June 23, 2023 (2023-06-23) Andy Muschietti The Disco Factory and Double Dream
15 Blue Beetle August 18, 2023 (2023-08-18) Angel Manuel Soto Atlas Entertainment, The Safran Company and S&K Pictures
16 Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom December 25, 2023 (2023-12-25) James Wan The Safran Company, Atomic Monster Productions
17 Joker: Folie à Deux October 4, 2024 (2024-10-04) Todd Phillips Joint Effort and Bron Creative Joker film series Pre-Production
In development
Black Canary TBA TBA DC Extended Universe HBO Max exclusive[25][26][27]
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[28] TBA Patty Jenkins DC Extended Universe
Untitled Hourman film TBA TBA Chernin Entertainment TBA
Blackhawks[29][30] TBA Steven Spielberg Amblin Entertainment and Kroll & Co. Entertainment TBA
Untitled The Batman sequel[31] TBA Matt Reeves 6th & Idaho and Dylan Clark Productions The Batman shared universe
  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Access Entertainment[21]
  3. ^ Also known as Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey or the long name of Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).[22][23]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "DC Intrigue: 'Lego' Franchise Producer Dan Lin In Pole Position For Top Spot". deadline. Retrieved August 25, 2022.
  3. ^ a b c "Divisional Executives - Walter Hamada". Warner Bros. Retrieved April 19, 2022.
  4. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (2022-06-01). "David Zaslav "Thrilled" Toby Emmerich Remaining Part Of Warner Bros Discovery Family, Outlines New Structure; De Luca & Abdy Made Official". Deadline. Retrieved 2022-06-10.
  5. ^ Masters, Kim (2022-06-08). "As David Zaslav Reshapes Warner Bros., Are His New Film Execs on the Same Page?". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2022-06-10.
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  19. ^ 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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  23. ^ Aquilina, Tyler (February 10, 2020). "Birds of Prey gets new title after disappointing opening at box office". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 10, 2020.
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  30. ^ David Koepp on How His Friendship With Steven Soderbergh Shaped 'KIMI', the Art of Screenwriting, and His Legendary Career
  31. ^ Rubin, Rebecca (2022-04-26). "Robert Pattinson Returning for 'The Batman' Sequel". Variety. Retrieved 2022-04-27.

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