DC Films

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DC Films
Division[1]
Industry Film
Genre Superhero fiction
Founded 2016; 2 years ago (2016)
Headquarters Burbank, California, United States
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Products Motion Pictures
Parent DC Entertainment
(Warner Bros. Entertainment)
Website dccomics.com/movies

DC Films is an American motion picture studio based at the Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California. Part of DC Entertainment, its president is film producer Walter Hamada.

History[edit]

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.[3] The DC Extended Universe operated under a "director-driven" mandate.[1]

With a mixed response to 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 the same vein as Marvel Studios in unifying DC-related film making under a single vision and clarifying the green lighting process. Johns also kept his existing role at DC Comics.[4] 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 there would be a course correction again with a possible change in leadership.[3] 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.[5] Despite this, in December the studio reiterated their current film slate for the unofficially titled DC Extended Universe.[6] 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 and co-chairman of DC Films to form a Warner Bros.-based production company involving a contractual deal with Roy Lee, the producer of The LEGO Movie and It. In January of 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.[7]

Criticism over "director-driven" mandate[edit]

DC Films was promoted as having a "director-driven" mandate, however, it was 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.[8] 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.[9][10] 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.[11]

Other reports of the studio meddling with the filmmakers included the Warner Bros.' decision to cut the "No Man's Land" scene in Wonder Woman, which director Patty Jenkins fought to retain[12] and was now known as one of the best fight scenes in cinematic history.[13]

Management[edit]

Current[edit]

  • President of DC Films and Head of all DC-based film productions.
  • Chantal Nong (February 2018—present):
  • Vice President of Production, overseeing development and production management of DC-based films.[14]

Former[edit]

  • co-chairmen of DC Films.[15]
  • former DC Entertainment President and CCO (February 2010—June 2018), and former co-runner of DCEU (2015—June 2018).[16]
  • Jon Berg (May 2016—December 2017).[15][4]:
former WB executive vice president,[4] former co-chairmen of DC Films, and former co-runner of DCEU.[15]

Production library[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Lincoln, Ross A. (May 18, 2016). "Warner Bros Responding To Fans & Critics With DC Films Shakeup". Deadline. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved November 30, 2017. 
  2. ^ Lang, Brent. "Warner Bros. Taps Walter Hamada to Oversee DC Films Production (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 4 January 2018. 
  3. ^ a b Zeitchik, Steven (November 20, 2017). "Why 'Justice League' failed — and where DC goes from here". Washington Post. Retrieved November 30, 2017. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Mendelson, Scott (November 22, 2017). "Box Office: As 'Justice League' Crosses $320M, Should DC Films Be Saved?". Forbes. Retrieved December 1, 2017. 
  6. ^ Bacon, Thomas (December 10, 2017). "Warner Bros. Doesn't Adjust Film Slate in Response to Justice League". Screen Rant. Retrieved January 14, 2018. 
  7. ^ a b Lang, Brent. "Warner Bros. Taps Walter Hamada to Oversee DC Films Production (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 4 January 2018. 
  8. ^ "Margot Robbie has some advice for DC producers". The Indian Express. December 3, 2017. Retrieved February 21, 2018. 
  9. ^ Robinson, Joanna (November 24, 2017). "Justice League Was Apparently Micromanaged Even More Than We Thought". Vanity Fair. Retrieved February 21, 2018. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ Dumaraog, Ana (February 20, 2018). "Former Flash Director Throws Shade at Justice League With Black Panther's Success". Screen Rant. Retrieved February 21, 2018. 
  12. ^ Van Der Werff, Todd (June 8, 2017). "Patty Jenkins fought for one scene in Wonder Woman — and conquered Hollywood's biggest problem". Vox.com. Retrieved June 23, 2018. 
  13. ^ "The Wonder Woman "No Man's Land" Scene Is Rooted In History, Myth and Art". HuffPost. August 5, 2017. Retrieved June 23, 2018. 
  14. ^ https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/dc-films-taps-chantal-nong-key-production-role-1086317
  15. ^ 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. 
  16. ^ https://variety.com/2018/film/news/geoff-johns-exiting-as-dc-entertainment-president-1202840461/

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