DC Films

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

DC Films
TypeDivision[1]
IndustryFilm
GenreSuperhero fiction
FoundedMay 17, 2016; 5 years ago (2016-05-17)
FounderGeoff Johns
Jon Berg
Headquarters4000 Warner Boulevard, ,
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
ProductsMotion pictures
ParentWarner Bros. Pictures Group
Websitedccomics.com/movies

HistoryEdit

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.[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. An analysis in The Washington Post 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.[2]

ManagementEdit

CurrentEdit

  • Walter Hamada (January 2018—present):[2] President, DC-Based Film Production at Warner Bros. Pictures[3]
  • Chantal Nong (February 2018—present): Vice president of Production, overseeing development & production management of DC-based films.[8]

FormerEdit

  • Geoff Johns (May 2016—December 2017): Former co-chairman of DC Films,[9] former DC Entertainment president and CCO (February 2010—June 2018), and former co-runner of DCEU (2015—June 2018).[10]
  • Jon Berg (May 2016—December 2017):[9][4] Former WB executive vice president,[4] former co-chairman of DC Films, and former co-runner of DCEU.[9]

Production libraryEdit

FilmsEdit

All productions are part of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) unless otherwise noted.

Title U.S.
release date
Director(s) Co-production companies Notes
Released
Suicide Squad August 5, 2016 (2016-08-05) David Ayer RatPac-Dune Entertainment, Atlas Entertainment
Wonder Woman June 2, 2017 (2017-06-02) Patty Jenkins RatPac-Dune Entertainment, Atlas Entertainment, Cruel and Unusual Films, Tencent Pictures, Wanda Pictures
Justice League November 17, 2017 (2017-11-17) Zack Snyder
Joss Whedon[a]
RatPac-Dune Entertainment, Access Entertainment,[11] 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 Not part of the DCEU.
Birds of Prey[b] February 7, 2020 (2020-02-07) Cathy Yan LuckyChap Entertainment, Kroll & Co. Entertainment, Clubhouse Productions
Wonder Woman 1984 December 25, 2020 (2020-12-25) Patty Jenkins Atlas Entertainment, The Stone Quarry
Zack Snyder's Justice League March 18, 2021 (2021-03-18) Zack Snyder Access / Dune Entertainment, Atlas Entertainment, The Stone Quarry
The Suicide Squad August 5, 2021 (2021-08-05) James Gunn Atlas Entertainment, The Safran Company, Troll Court Entertainment
Upcoming
The Batman March 4, 2022 (2022-03-04) Matt Reeves 6th & Idaho Motion Picture Company Post-production; not part of the DCEU
Black Adam July 29, 2022 (2022-07-29) Jaume Collet-Serra New Line Cinema, Seven Bucks Productions, FlynnPictureCo.[14] Post-production
The Flash November 4, 2022 Andy Muschietti The Disco Factory, Double Dream Filming
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom December 16, 2022 (2022-12-16) James Wan Atomic Monster Productions, The Safran Company
Shazam!: Fury of the Gods June 2, 2023 (2023-06-02) David F. Sandberg New Line Cinema, The Safran Company, Seven Bucks Productions, Mad Ghost Productions Post-production
In development
Batgirl 2022-2023 Adil El Arbi
& Bilall Fallah
[15]
Warner Bros. Pictures HBO Max exclusives [16][17][18]
Black Canary TBA TBA
Blue Beetle 2022-2023 Angel Manuel Soto
Static Shock 2022-2023 TBA Warner Bros. Pictures, Milestone Media, Outlier Society Productions
Green Lantern Corps 2022-2023 TBA Warner Bros. Pictures
Supergirl 2022-2023 TBA
Zatanna TBA TBA Warner Bros. Pictures, Bad Robot Productions
Untitled Superman film TBA TBA Not part of the DCEU[19]
Untitled third Wonder Woman film[20] TBA Patty Jenkins Warner Bros. Pictures
Untitled Hourman film TBA TBA Warner Bros. Pictures, Chernin Entertainment
Untitled Joker sequel TBA TBA Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and Bron Creative Not part of the DCEU

Television seriesEdit

All productions are part of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) unless otherwise noted.

Series Aired Showrunner Co-production companies Original network Notes
Upcoming
Peacemaker January 2022 James Gunn The Safran Company, Troll Court Entertainment HBO Max Post-production; spin-off of The Suicide Squad
Untitled Gotham City Police Department series TBA Joe Barton 6th & Idaho In development; spin-off of The Batman (not part of the DCEU)
Constantine TBA TBA Bad Robot Productions In development[21][22][23]
Justice League Dark TBA TBA
Madame X TBA TBA

NotesEdit

  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. ^ Also known as Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey or the long name of Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)[12][13]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ a b c 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". The 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. ^ "DC Films Taps Chantal Nong for Key Production Role (Exclusive)". 20 February 2018.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "Geoff Johns Exiting as DC Entertainment President and Chief Creative Officer". 11 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Justice League's Brett Ratner Credit Replaced for Home Video". 13 February 2018.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ Aquilina, Tyler (February 10, 2020). "Birds of Prey gets new title after disappointing opening at box office". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 10, 2020.
  14. ^ Schmidt, JK (November 14, 2019). "Black Adam Release Date Revealed by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson". Comicbook.com. Retrieved November 14, 2019.
  15. ^ Kit, Borys (May 19, 2021). "'Bad Boys for Life' Filmmakers to Direct 'Batgirl' Movie for Warner Bros. (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2021-05-19.
  16. ^ Mancuso, Vinnie (March 11, 2021). "'Batgirl' and 'Zatanna' Projects Confirmed for HBO Max by Warner Bros". Collider. Retrieved March 11, 2021.
  17. ^ Nebens, Richard (March 11, 2021). "DC Confirms Batgirl & Zatanna On-Screen Titles, Reveals Two Dozen Superhero Logos". The Direct. Retrieved March 11, 2021.
  18. ^ Kit, Borys (August 20, 2021). "'Birds of Prey' Spinoff In the Works With Misha Green, Jurnee Smollett". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2021-08-21.
  19. ^ Newby, Richard (February 26, 2021). "Ta-Nehisi Coates and the Future of Superman". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 13, 2021.
  20. ^ Rubin, Rebbeca (December 27, 2020). "'Wonder Woman 3' in the Works With Director Patty Jenkins". Variety. Archived from the original on December 28, 2020. Retrieved December 27, 2020.
  21. ^ Otterson, Joe (February 17, 2021). "'Constantine' Series in the Works at HBO Max". Variety. Retrieved March 11, 2021.
  22. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (April 16, 2020). "J.J. Abrams Sets 3 HBO Max Shows: Justice League Dark, 'The Shining' Spinoff, 'Duster'". The Hollywood Reporter.
  23. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (2021-06-25). "J.J. Abrams, Angela Robinson Bringing DC Comics' 'Madame X' to TV at HBO Max". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2021-08-15.

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