DC Films is eyeing Lego franchise producer Dan Lin as new head, in the vein of MCU’s Kevin Feige: report
DC Films might have found its Kevin Feige in Dan Lin. The producer-turned-executive is reportedly vying to skip all upcoming movies and TV shows for the superhero arm. The decision comes on the heels of the CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, David Zaslav, who laid out a 10-year plan for the DC brand – launching a “reset” under a new team, focused on quality over quantity. The move will see current DC Films chairman Walter Hamada step down, paving the way for Lin to take over.
New contender Lin, known for producing the Oscar-winning The Lego Movie, is one of the main contenders for the role. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the proposed system will ignore three division heads – the heads of Warner Bros. Pictures Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy, HBO/HBO Max chief Casey Bloys and chairman of Warner Bros. TV Channing Dungey – putting control in one person’s hands.
Lin also helmed the 2017 Lego Batman Movie, noting in a podcast earlier this month that in 2008 he almost got the job of “overseeing the entire DC franchise.” At the time, he was working on a now canceled Justice League movie with Oscar-winning filmmaker George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road).
Reports claim that Hamada, the current head of DC Films, is quitting his role. THR sources say the parties involved are discussing salary and the future of Lin’s production company, Rideback. That said, the current DC chief will oversee the theatrical release of Dwayne Johnson-directed Black Adam on October 21st. Earlier this month, it was revealed that Hamada was not consulted over the live action’s shock cancellation. bat girl film, starring Leslie Grace.
Warner Bros. Discovery has confirmed that the cancellation of Wonder Twins, bat girl, and Scoob! Holiday Haunt was a difficult part of this strategy, but it didn’t fit their vision of maximizing financial returns. Other reports have indicated that bat girl underwent test screenings, with the public calling it “unsalvageable”. The film, initially scheduled for release on HBO Max, will not see the light of day, neither in theaters nor on the streaming platform.
CEO Zaslav said earlier this month that he was looking for a Kevin Feige-like figure to guide the DC Films brand over the next 10 years. Similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where all of the character stories are intertwined with each other and eventually come to a dramatic climax. During the webcast of the earnings call from Warner Bros. Discovery, he also confirmed that black adam and Shazam! Fury of the Gods, alongside the problematic directed by Ezra Miller the flash, have been marked as safe for release. However, the David F. Sandberg-directed Shazam! the sequel has been delayed to a March 17 release date.
Even James Wan’s Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom has been pushed back to December 25, 2023, because it needs more time in post-production. Meanwhile, Todd Phillips’ Joker: Folie à Deux is in the early stages of production, while Matt Reeves has begun co-writing The Batman sequel with Mattson Tomlin. Both are considered quality products by WBD offices.
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