DC Films

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DC Films
Division[1]
IndustryFilm
GenreSuperhero fiction
FoundedMay 2016; 4 years ago (2016-05)
FounderGeoff Johns
Jon Berg
Headquarters4000 Warner Boulevard, ,
United States
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
ProductsMotion Pictures
ParentWarner Bros. Entertainment
Websitedccomics.com/movies

DC Films is an American film studio that is a subsidiary of Warner Bros. through the Warner Bros. Pictures Group, dedicated to the production of films based on characters from DC Entertainment. Walter Hamada is the current president of DC Films.[3]

History[edit]

After the critical failure of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. Pictures made moves to correct 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.[1][4] However, the division's formation was not designed to override the "director-driven" mandate.[1]

Justice League 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.[5] The DC Extended Universe operated under a "director-driven" mandate.[1] 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.[6] Despite this, in December the studio reiterated their current film slate for the unofficially titled DC Extended Universe.[7] 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, it was announced that Warner Bros. executive Walter Hamada will be the new president of DC Films, and will 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.[8]

Criticism over "director-driven" mandate[edit]

DC Films' "director-driven" mandate has been 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.[9] 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.[10][11] 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.[12]

Management[edit]

Current[edit]

  • President, DC-Based Film Production, Warner Bros. Pictures[3]
  • Chantal Nong (February 2018—present):
  • Vice president of Production, overseeing development & production management of DC-based films.[13]

Former[edit]

  • former co-chairman of DC Films,[14] former DC Entertainment president and CCO (February 2010—June 2018), and former co-runner of DCEU (2015—June 2018).[15]
  • former WB executive vice president,[4] former co-chairman of DC Films, and former co-runner of DCEU.[14]

Production library[edit]

Title Release date Director(s) Co-production company(s) Notes
Released
Suicide Squad August 5, 2016 (2016-08-05) David Ayer RatPac-Dune Entertainment
Atlas Entertainment
First theatrical film produced.
Installment of the DC Extended Universe.
Wonder Woman June 2, 2017 (2017-06-02) Patty Jenkins RatPac-Dune Entertainment
Atlas Entertainment
Cruel and Unusual Films
Tencent Pictures
Wanda Pictures
Installment of the DC Extended Universe.
Justice League November 17, 2017 (2017-11-17) Zack Snyder
Joss Whedon (uncredited)
RatPac-Dune Entertainment
Access Entertainment[16]
Atlas Entertainment
Cruel and Unusual Films
Aquaman December 21, 2018 (2018-12-21) James Wan The Safran Company
Cruel and Unusual Films
Mad Ghost Productions
Shazam! April 5, 2019 (2019-04-05) David F. Sandberg New Line Cinema
The Safran Company
Seven Bucks Productions
Mad Ghost Productions
Joker October 4, 2019 (2019-10-04) Todd Phillips Village Roadshow Pictures
BRON Creative
Joint Effort Productions
Film set outside of the DC Extended Universe.
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancination of one Harley Quinn)[a] February 7, 2020 (2020-02-07) Cathy Yan LuckyChap Entertainment
Kroll & Co. Entertainment
Clubhouse Productions
Spin-off to Suicide Squad.
Installment of the DC Extended Universe.
Post-production
Wonder Woman 1984 August 14, 2020 Patty Jenkins Atlas Entertainment
The Stone Quarry
Mad Ghost Productions
Sequel to Wonder Woman.
Installment of the DC Extended Universe.
The Suicide Squad August 6, 2021 (2021-08-06) James Gunn Atlas Entertainment
The Safran Company

Troll Court Entertainment

Standalone sequel to Suicide Squad.
Installment of the DC Extended Universe.
Zack Snyder's Justice League 2021 Zack Snyder Atlas Entertainment
The Stone Quarry
WarnerMax
Director's cut of Justice League.
An Installment of the DC Extended Universe.
Only available on HBO Max.
Filming
The Batman October 1, 2021 (2021-10-01) Matt Reeves 6th & Idaho Productions Reboot of the Batman film franchise.

Installment of the DC Extended Universe

Pre-production
Black Adam December 22, 2021 (2021-12-22) Jaume Collet-Serra New Line Cinema
Seven Bucks Productions
FlynnPictureCo.[19]
Spin-off to Shazam!
Installment of the DC Extended Universe.
In development
The Flash June 3, 2022 (2022-06-03) Andy Muschietti Atlas Entertainment
The Stone Quarry
The Disco Factory
Installment of the DC Extended Universe.
Shazam! 2 November 4, 2022 (2022-11-04) David F. Sandberg New Line Cinema
The Safran Company
Seven Bucks Productions

Mad Ghost Productions

Sequel to Shazam!
Installment of the DC Extended Universe.
Aquaman 2 December 16, 2022 (2022-12-16) James Wan Atomic Monster Productions
The Safran Company
Sequel to Aquaman.
Installment of the DC Extended Universe.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Also known as Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey or Birds of Prey[17][18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d 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 "Walter Hamada". www.warnerbros.com. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  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. ^ Zeitchik, Steven (November 20, 2017). "Why 'Justice League' failed — and where DC goes from here". Washington Post.
  6. ^ Mendelson, Scott (November 22, 2017). "Box Office: As 'Justice League' Crosses $320M, Should DC Films Be Saved?". Forbes. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  7. ^ Bacon, Thomas (December 10, 2017). "Warner Bros. Doesn't Adjust Film Slate in Response to Justice League". Screen Rant. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Lang, Brent. "Warner Bros. Taps Walter Hamada to Oversee DC Films Production (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Margot Robbie has some advice for DC producers". The Indian Express. December 3, 2017. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  10. ^ Robinson, Joanna (November 24, 2017). "Justice League Was Apparently Micromanaged Even More Than We Thought". Vanity Fair. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ Dumaraog, Ana (February 20, 2018). "Former Flash Director Throws Shade at Justice League With Black Panther's Success". Screen Rant. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  13. ^ https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/dc-films-taps-chantal-nong-key-production-role-1086317
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ https://variety.com/2018/film/news/geoff-johns-exiting-as-dc-entertainment-president-1202840461/
  16. ^ https://screenrant.com/justice-league-brett-ratner-credit-removed/
  17. ^ Anderton, Ethan (February 10, 2020). "'Birds of Prey' Gets a New Title in Theaters After Underperforming at the Box Office". /Film. Retrieved February 10, 2020.
  18. ^ Aquilina, Tyler (February 10, 2020). "Birds of Prey gets new title after disappointing opening at box office". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 10, 2020.
  19. ^ Schmidt, JK (November 14, 2019). "Black Adam Release Date Revealed by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson". Comicbook.com. Retrieved November 14, 2019.

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