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DC Studios
FormerlyDC Films (2016–2022)
GenreSuperhero fiction
  • May 2016; 6 years ago (2016-05) (as DC Films)
  • November 1, 2022; 4 months ago (2022-11-01) (as DC Studios)
FounderGeoff Johns
Jon Berg
Headquarters4000 Warner Boulevard, ,
United States
Area served
Key people
  • James Gunn (co-Chairman and co-CEO)
  • Peter Safran (co-Chairman and co-CEO)
  • Chantal Nong (Senior Vice President, Production)
OwnerWarner Bros. Discovery
Footnotes / references

DC Studios (formerly known as DC Films) is an American film, television, and animation studio that is a division of Warner Bros.,[4][5] which is a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD). It is dedicated to the production of films, series, and animations based on characters from DC Comics, among them is their flagship franchise, the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). James Gunn and Peter Safran assumed control of the company, on November 1, 2022.[4] Previously, Walter Hamada was the president of DC Films from 2018 until his departure in October 2022.[6]


National era[edit]

During DC's National era, the company licensed Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman (and other All-American Comics characters) to Republic Pictures, Paramount 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 era[edit]

After the release of the first feature-length Batman film, Kinney National Company (later Warner Communications) purchased National Comics Publications 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.


DC Films[edit]

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.[7] However, the division's formation was not designed to override the "director-driven" mandate.[8]

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.[9] The DC Extended Universe operated under a "director-driven" mandate.[8] 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.[10] Despite this, in December the studio reiterated their current film slate for the unofficially titled DC Extended Universe.[11] 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.[12]


In April 2022, after the merger between WarnerMedia and Discovery, Inc. to form Warner Bros. Discovery, the 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.[13] Later in July, Toby Emmerich stepped down as the head of the Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group. The group was restructured to give DC Films, Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema, and Warner Animation Group respective leadership. Former MGM executives Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy became the co-executives of Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema. They were also temporarily signed to oversee the remaining units of the group until the new positions were filled.[14][15]

When the release of the film Batgirl was canceled by Warner Bros. Discovery in August, Hamada was reportedly not consulted regarding the decision and only learned about it when De Luca and Abdy informed him at a test screening for Black Adam (2022). Hamada was upset and considered resigning, but agreed to stay until Black Adam's release.[16] Later that month, Dan Lin entered talks to oversee DC's film and television divisions. From this position, Lin was expected to report directly to Zaslav, while Hamada would depart the studio.[17][18] In September, Lin and Warner Bros. Discovery ended negotiations and agreed to part ways.[19] During Black Adam's Times Square premiere in October, star and producer Dwayne Johnson said he could be a consultant at DC Films, helping the studio find its next creative leader.[20] Later that month, it was reported that De Luca had been effectively running DC Films in place of Walter Hamada.[21] On October 19, Hamada departed from the company, just two days before the release of Black Adam.[22]

DC Studios[edit]

Shortly after Hamada left the CEO position, James Gunn and Peter Safran were revealed to serve as the co-CEOs/co-Chairmen of the studio and DC Films was rebranded as "DC Studios". The duo was tasked to oversee production on films, television, and animation under the DC label, reporting directly to David Zaslav, while also working alongside but independently of heads of other divisions. Gunn oversees the creative development on DC projects, while Safran oversees the production side. Their roles began effectively on November 1 the same year.[4][23][24] In November, Gunn said that the studio would focus on multiple DCU live-action and animated projects, but also stated that they would acknowledge fan responses and complaints,[25] and confirmed all subsequent DC projects would be released under the DC Studios banner,[26] including those that were filmed prior to the rebranding. In December of the same year, Gunn and Henry Cavill announced that Cavill would no longer return as Superman in any future projects. Gunn also announced that he was writing a new Superman film, based on a younger version of the character. Ben Affleck (who previously portrayed Bruce Wayne/Batman) was also said to be in talks to direct a new DC Studios project.[27] Gunn later revealed that new DC films would have an equal focus on popular and obscure characters, drawing inspiration from the DC animated series Justice League Unlimited and Young Justice.[5][6]

Gunn and Safran announced the first chapter of their universe titled "Gods and Monsters" on January 31, 2023. They also assembled a writers' room featuring Drew Goddard, Jeremy Slater, Christina Hodson, Christal Henry, and Tom King.[28] Projects that are not a part of the shared universe will be branded as "DC Elseworlds".[29] The following month, Gunn confirmed development for animated films both within the DCU and Elseworlds brands.[30] By March 2023, there had been talks regarding further projects based on comics from DC's Vertigo Comics imprint outside of the upcoming Swamp Thing film.[31]



  • James Gunn: Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer (CEO), DC Studios; Gunn serves in leadership as creative head for the company (November 2022–present).[4]
  • Peter Safran: Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer (CEO), DC Studios; Safran serves in leadership over the business aspects of the company (November 2022–present).[4]
  • Chantal Nong: Senior Vice President, Production, overseeing development and production management of DC-based films (February 2018–present).[32]


  • Jon Berg: Former Executive Vice President, Warner Bros. Pictures,[7] former co-Chairman of DC Films, and former co-runner of the DCEU (May 2016–December 2017).[33]
  • Geoff Johns: Former Co-Chairman of DC Films (May 2016–December 2017),[33] former President and Chief Creative Officer, DC Entertainment (February 2010–June 2018), and former co-runner of the DCEU (2015–June 2018).[34]
  • Walter Hamada: Former President, DC-Based Film Production, Warner Bros. Pictures (January 2018–October 2022).[3][35][12]

Production library[edit]



Title U.S.
release date
Director(s) Co-production companies Franchise Notes
Under DC Films
Suicide Squad August 5, 2016 (2016-08-05) David Ayer Warner Bros. Pictures / RatPac-Dune Entertainment / Atlas Entertainment DC Extended Universe
Wonder Woman June 2, 2017 (2017-06-02) Patty Jenkins Warner Bros. Pictures / Atlas Entertainment / Cruel and Unusual Films
Justice League November 17, 2017 (2017-11-17) Zack Snyder
Joss Whedon[a]
Warner Bros. Pictures / RatPac-Dune Entertainment[b] / Atlas Entertainment / Cruel and Unusual Films
Aquaman December 21, 2018 (2018-12-21) James Wan Warner Bros. Pictures / RatPac Entertainment / 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
Joker October 4, 2019 (2019-10-04) Todd Phillips Warner Bros. Pictures / Village Roadshow Pictures / Bron Creative / Joint Effort Productions Joker film series
Birds of Prey[c] February 7, 2020 (2020-02-07) Cathy Yan Warner Bros. Pictures / LuckyChap Entertainment / Kroll & Co. Entertainment / Clubhouse Productions DC Extended Universe
Wonder Woman 1984 December 25, 2020 (2020-12-25) Patty Jenkins Warner Bros. Pictures / Atlas Entertainment / The Stone Quarry
Zack Snyder's Justice League March 18, 2021 (2021-03-18) Zack Snyder Warner Bros. Pictures / Access Entertainment / Atlas Entertainment / Dune Entertainment / The Stone Quarry HBO Max exclusive
The Suicide Squad August 5, 2021 (2021-08-05) James Gunn Warner Bros. Pictures / Atlas Entertainment / The Safran Company DC Extended Universe
DC Universe
Retrofitted into the DC Universe
The Batman March 4, 2022 (2022-03-04) Matt Reeves Warner Bros. Pictures / 6th & Idaho / Dylan Clark Productions The Batman shared universe
Black Adam October 21, 2022 (2022-10-21) Jaume Collet-Serra New Line Cinema / Seven Bucks Productions / FlynnPictureCo. DC Extended Universe
Under DC Studios
Shazam! Fury of the Gods March 17, 2023 (2023-03-17) David F. Sandberg New Line Cinema / The Safran Company DC Extended Universe
The Flash June 16, 2023 (2023-06-16) Andy Muschietti The Disco Factory / Double Dream DC Extended Universe Post-production
Blue Beetle August 18, 2023 (2023-08-18) Angel Manuel Soto Entertainment One / S&K Pictures / The Safran Company
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom December 25, 2023 (2023-12-25) James Wan The Safran Company / Atomic Monster Productions
Joker: Folie à Deux October 4, 2024 (2024-10-04) Todd Phillips Warner Bros. Pictures / Bron Creative / Village Roadshow Pictures / Joint Effort Joker film series Filming[39]
Superman: Legacy July 11, 2025 (2025-07-11) James Gunn Warner Bros. Pictures DC Universe In development[29][40]
The Batman – Part II October 3, 2025 (2025-10-03) Matt Reeves Warner Bros. Pictures / 6th & Idaho / Dylan Clark Productions The Batman shared universe


Title U.S.
release date
Director(s) Co-production companies Franchise Release format Notes
Legion of Super-Heroes February 7, 2023 (2023-02-07) Jeff Wamester Warner Bros. Animation Tomorrowverse Direct-to-video
Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham March 28, 2023 (2023-03-28) Sam Liu
Christopher Berkley
Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes and Huntsmen, Part One April 25, 2023 Kerry Shawcross Warner Bros. Animation
Rooster Teeth
RWBY Direct-to-video In development[41][42][43]
Justice League: Warworld Mid-2023 TBA Warner Bros. Animation Tomorrowverse



Series Aired Showrunner Co-production companies Franchise Original network Notes
Superman & Lois 2021–present Todd Helbing Warner Bros. Television / Berlanti Productions The CW Season 3 onwards[44][45]
Sweet Tooth 2021–present Jim Mickle Warner Bros. Television / Nightshade / Team Downey Netflix Season 2 onwards[46][47]
Peacemaker 2022–present James Gunn Warner Bros. Television / The Safran Company / Troll Court Entertainment DC Extended Universe
DC Universe
HBO Max Retrofitted into the DC Universe
The Sandman 2022–present Allan Heinberg Warner Bros. Television / PurePop Inc. / The Blank Corporation / Phantom Four Netflix Season 2 onwards[48][49]
The Penguin TBA Lauren LeFranc Warner Bros. Television / 6th & Idaho / Dylan Clark Productions The Batman shared universe HBO Max Miniseries; filming[50][51]
Dead Boy Detectives TBA TBA

Berlanti Productions / Jeremy Carver Productions

Netflix Filming[47]


Series Aired Showrunner Co-production companies Franchise Original network Notes
Teen Titans Go! 2013–present Aaron Horvath
Michael Jelenic
Peter Rida Michail
Peggy Regan
Warner Bros. Animation Teen Titans Go! Universe Cartoon Network Season 8 onwards
Harley Quinn 2019–present Justin Halpern Warner Bros. Animation / Yes, Norman Productions HBO Max Season 4 onwards
Batwheels 2022–present Steven Fink
Caroline Kermel
Warner Bros. Animation Cartoon Network / HBO Max Episode 9 onwards
My Adventures with Superman 2023 Jake Wyatt Warner Bros. Animation Cartoon Network / HBO Max In production[52]
Batman: Caped Crusader TBA Bruce Timm Warner Bros. Animation / Bad Robot Productions. / 6th and Idaho Amazon Prime Video
Creature Commandos TBA James Gunn Warner Bros. Animation DC Universe HBO Max In production[citation needed]


  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. ^ In home release, RatPac-Dune Entertainment was replaced with Access Entertainment (RatPac's current owner) and simply Dune Entertainment, following the rape and sexual harassment allegations against RatPac-Dune's CEO, Brett Ratner.[36]
  3. ^ Also known as Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey or the full title of Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).[37][38]

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