According to the executive, he will remain in his position until at least the Oct. 21 release of Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Black Adam.’
Warner Bros.’s apparent desire to stop producing HBO Max’s Batgirl has caused DC Films president Walter Hamada to consider leaving the studio. Instead, discovery chief David Zaslav was appointed as the new leadership for the DC universe.
The DC co-chairs Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy, overseeing DC until Zaslav settles on new leadership, informed Hamada that Batgirl, a $90 million postproduction film, had been canceled. In Zaslav’s view, the film was not strong enough to be released theatrically and was too expensive to stream. So as a cost-cutting measure, the company decided to terminate the project.
In addition to being upset about not being consulted, Hamada was concerned about its impact on those involved, says one of the sources. Despite talent and their representatives not being notified, news broke on Aug. 2 about the film’s cancellation. Test scores for the film were low, and one source described it as “irredeemable.”
Earlier this month, Warner Bros. Discovery canceled another Wonder Twins, starred by lead actors KJ Apa and Isabel May.
It was a difficult time for the DC Cinematic Universe after Justice League (2017) did not do well at the box office, and Hamada assumed his role at a difficult time for the studio. The Suicide Squad (2021) director, James Gunn, was brought on board by Hamada to work on the HBO spinoff, Peacemaker, during his tenure.