After the backlash to Batman v Superman in 2016, producer Jon Berg and DC’s Geoff Johns were put in charge of DC Films at Warner Bros. They didn’t get much time to work on things though, because earlier this year Berg was out and Walter Hamada was brought in. Hamada was an executive at Warner Bros.’ sister company, New Line, and overlooked smash hits like IT and The Conjuring.
Recently, Warner Bros. updated its website and added a bio for Mr. Hamada. His official title is “President of DC-Based Film Production at Warner Bros. Pictures” (there’s still no official name for the DCEU). It sounds like he’s running things alone, with Geoff Johns taking on the role of a consultant or advisor. The new bio also confirms that Warner Bros. is planning movies on villains, not just superheroes, like The Joker origin movie and Birds of Prey Harley Quinn girl gang projects we’ve heard about. You can check out Hamada’s full new bio below.
President, DC-Based Film Production, Warner Bros. Pictures
Walter Hamada is President, DC-Based Film Production, Warner Bros. Pictures. In this role, he oversees WBP’s slate of films based on Super Heroes and Super-Villains from DC, as well as titles based on other characters and stories also licensed from DC, including its Vertigo and MAD Magazine imprints. Hamada draws upon resources from across both WBP and New Line Cinema and works closely with Geoff Johns, President and Chief Creative Officer, DC Entertainment.
Prior to his current role, Hamada served as Executive Vice President, Production at New Line Cinema, having joined the company in 2007 as Senior Vice President, Production. Among the films he worked on during his decade-long tenure are Friday the 13th, Final Destination, A Nightmare on Elm Street, the global blockbusters The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2, Annabelle and Annabelle: Creation, which together comprise the highest-grossing horror franchise of all time, and IT, the highest-grossing horror film of all time.
Before New Line, Hamada spent four years as a partner at the management and production firm H2F Entertainment. Prior to that, he ran development for MBST Entertainment. Hamada began his career at TriStar Pictures where he ultimately served as Vice President, Production for Columbia Pictures.
Thanks to Batman News reader @Steele131 for the heads up!