DC Films president Walter Hamada was reportedly on the brink of quitting his job over the high-profile cancellation of Batgirl – but has agreed to stay with the studio until at least the October 21 release of Black Adam.
According to Hollywood Reporter sources, Hamada was only informed of Batgirl being shelved at a test screening of Black Adam, and was upset at not having been consulted. He was also reportedly concerned about the impact of the unexpected news on the cast and crew of the movie.
Hamada apparently consulted with counsel around quitting, but has been convinced to stay on until Dwayne Johnson’s first DC movie is released. “He’s pausing,” said a Hollywood Reporter source. “The decision has not been made to make this adversarial, yet.” Hamada is currently under contract until 2023.
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David Zaslav, the new Warner Bros. Discovery CEO, has made little secret of his desire to shake up DC’s movie slate, including finding a leadership figure in the mould of Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige. It can’t have been a comfortable atmosphere for the current head of that department, Hamada, even before the studio abruptly cancelled the $90 million Batgirl.
Batgirl may just have been the start. The company has been quietly removing other movies from HBO Max, and rumours abound that the planned Supergirl movie with Sasha Calle may also be canned. The future for HBO Max in general is hazy, after it was announced that it will merge with Discovery+ in 2023 and may drop the HBO name.
Zaslav said yesterday that DC movies will now follow a 10-year plan, designed to be similar to what kicked off the MCU. Zaslav has also defended his decision over Batgirl, but we think the company has been making all the wrong moves so far.
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