DC Films
TypeDivision
IndustryFilm
GenreSuperhero fiction
FounderGeoff Johns
Jon Berg
Headquarters4000 Warner Boulevard, ,
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Walter Hamada (president)
ProductsMotion pictures
BrandsDC Extended Universe
ParentWarner Bros. Pictures Group
(Warner Bros.)

DC Films is American film production company that is a subsidiary of Warner Bros.[1][2] owned by Warner Bros. Discovery dedicated to the production of films based on characters from DC Comics. Walter Hamada is the current president of DC Films.[3]

History

Beginning of DC Films

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.[4][5] However, the division's formation was not designed to override the "director-driven" mandate.[4]

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.[6] The DC Extended Universe operated under a "director-driven" mandate.[4] 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.[7] Despite this, in December the studio reiterated their current film slate for the unofficially titled DC Extended Universe.[8] 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.[9]

Under Warner Bros. Discovery

In April 2022, after the merger between WarnerMedia and Discovery, Inc. to form Warner Bros. Discovery, it was reported that 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.[10]

In May 2022, it was announced that Toby Emmerich would step down as the head of the Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group, and that the group will be restructured to give DC Films, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema, and Warner Animation Group their own bespoke leadership. After Emmerich transitions from his previous role, former MGM executives Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy will become the co-executives of Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema, but will temporarily oversee the remaining units until their new positions are filled. Hamada is expected to report to Luca and Abdy, though it was noted his future at DC Films remained unclear after the restructuring.[11]

Management

Current

Former

Production library

Further information: DC Extended Universe § Films

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
1 Suicide Squad August 5, 2016 (2016-08-05) David Ayer Warner Bros. Pictures and Atlas Entertainment
2 Wonder Woman June 2, 2017 (2017-06-02) Patty Jenkins Warner Bros. Pictures, Atlas Entertainment and Cruel and Unusual Films
3 Justice League November 17, 2017 (2017-11-17) Zack Snyder
Joss Whedon[a]
Warner Bros. Pictures, RatPac-Dune Entertainment[b] Atlas Entertainment and Cruel and Unusual Films
4 Aquaman December 21, 2018 (2018-12-21) James Wan Warner Bros. Pictures and The Safran Company
5 Shazam! April 5, 2019 (2019-04-05) David F. Sandberg Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema and The Safran Company
6 Joker October 4, 2019 (2019-10-04) Todd Phillips Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures, BRON Creative and Joint Effort Productions Not part of the DCEU.
7 Birds of Prey[c] February 7, 2020 (2020-02-07) Cathy Yan Warner Bros. Pictures, LuckyChap Entertainment, Kroll & Co. Entertainment and Clubhouse Productions
8 Wonder Woman 1984 December 25, 2020 (2020-12-25) Patty Jenkins Warner Bros. Pictures, Atlas Entertainment and The Stone Quarry
9 Zack Snyder's Justice League March 18, 2021 (2021-03-18) Zack Snyder Warner Bros. Pictures, Atlas Entertainment and The Stone Quarry HBO Max exclusive
10 The Suicide Squad August 5, 2021 (2021-08-05) James Gunn Warner Bros. Pictures, Atlas Entertainment and The Safran Company
11 The Batman March 4, 2022 (2022-03-04) Matt Reeves Warner Bros. Pictures, 6th & Idaho and Dylan Clark Productions Not part of the DCEU.
Upcoming
12 Black Adam October 21, 2022 (2022-10-21) Jaume Collet-Serra Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema, Seven Bucks Productions and FlynnPictureCo.[18] Post-production
13 Shazam! Fury of the Gods December 21, 2022 (2022-12-21) David F. Sandberg Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema, The Safran Company
15 Batgirl 2022 (2022) Adil El Arbi
& Bilall Fallah
[19]
Warner Bros. Pictures and Burr! Productions
16 Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom March 17, 2023 (2023-03-17) James Wan Warner Bros. Pictures, The Safran Company, Atomic Monster Productions
17 The Flash June 23, 2023 (2023-06-23) Andy Muschietti Warner Bros. Pictures, The Disco Factory and Double Dream
18 Blue Beetle August 18, 2023 (2023-08-18) Angel Manuel Soto Warner Bros. Pictures, Entertainment One, S&K Pictures and The Safran Company Filming
In development
Black Canary TBA TBA Warner Bros. Pictures HBO Max exclusive[20][21][22]
Static Shock 2022–2023 TBA Warner Bros. Pictures, Milestone Media and Outlier Society Productions
Green Lantern Corps 2022–2023 TBA Warner Bros. Pictures
Supergirl 2022–2023 TBA
Zatanna TBA TBA Warner Bros. Pictures and Bad Robot Productions
Untitled Superman film TBA TBA Not part of the DCEU[23]
Untitled third Wonder Woman film[24] TBA Patty Jenkins Warner Bros. Pictures
Untitled Hourman film TBA TBA Warner Bros. Pictures and Chernin Entertainment
Joker: Folie à Deux TBA Todd Phillips Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and Bron Creative Not part of the DCEU[25]
Blackhawks[26] N/A Steven Spielberg Warner Bros. Pictures, Amblin Entertainment and Kroll & Co. Entertainment
Untitled The Batman sequel[27] TBA Matt Reeves Warner Bros. Pictures, 6th & Idaho and Dylan Clark Productions
  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. ^ Access Entertainment,[15]
  3. ^ Also known as Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey or the long name of Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)[16][17]

See also

References

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