It’s being reported that DC Films’ current President, Walter Hamada, is set to leave the company after the release of the Black Adam movie. This has been reported by a variety of outlets, including ComicBook.com and The Hollywood Reporter.
Walter Hamada hasn’t exactly been one of the most beloved Hollywood movie studio presidents in recent memory. He certainly didn’t end up being on the same level as Kevin Feige at Marvel Studios.
Hamada was brought in from New Line Cinema where he made a name for himself for making cheap and profitable movies. Most of the films he produced at New Line were horror movies, and they ended up making the company a lot of money for very little investment.
The then chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures was hoping he could do something similar with their output of DC Comics movies. Hamada then proceeded to greenlit projects such as The Trench (an Aquaman spinoff movie), The Wonder Twins, and Hour Man.
All these projects, ended up being cancelled by Warner Bros. Some of them, such as The Trench, were cancelled before the Discovery merger, and all the others were canned by Warner Bros Discovery CEO, David Zaslav.
Will Walter Hamada really leave DC Films after Black Adam’s released?
That said, projects such as Aquaman, Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom, and Black Adam were very much Hamada’s projects and things that he helped to get off the ground. For the Aquaman movie, for instance, Hamada helped to bring regular collaborator, James Wan.
Wan was instrumental in helping Hamada’s career get to the point where he could become the President of DC Films. Wan directed The Conjuring which one of the movies that really put Hamada on the map as far as Hollywood producers are concerned.
Walter Hamada then brought over the likes of Wan and Shazam! director, David F. Sandberg to the DC Universe. Wan is now directing Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom, and Sandberg is helming Shazam! Fury Of The Gods.
Who should or could replace Walter Hamada?
It’s going to be very interesting to see what happens with DC Films after the release of the Black Adam movie. It does seem as though Hamada will see out his current contract which will last him until October 21st of this year.
According to The Hollywood Reporter’s source, Hamada is “pausing”. The source then added that, “the decision has not been made to make this adversarial, yet.”
Given the fact that the likes of Jason Kilar, Anne Sarnoff and Toby Emmerich have all left the company already after the Discovery merger, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Watler Hamada leave relatively soon after the release of Black Adam.
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