DC Films Chief Walter Hamada Nearly Quit Warner Bros. After ‘Batgirl’ Decision

The decision by Warner Bros. Discover to axe Batgirl didn’t just piss off fans eager to see a POC play Barbara Gordon, it also angered some major figures within the studio. THR reports DC Films chief Walter Hamada nearly quit the company when he learned of the decision by CEO David Zaslav. He has also consulted with counsel in case he still needs to make an exit.

For now, Hamada has decided to stay in his current position until October 21st, which happens to be the release date for Black Adam.

“He’s pausing,” a source says. “The decision has not been made to make this adversarial, yet.”

Hamada was informed of the move at a recent Black Adam test screening. He was reportedly upset at not being consulted beforehand, and for the impact the cancellation could have on those who worked on the movie.

It was in 2018 when Hamada took over at DC Films. He was the guy who had to pick up the pieces following the disastrous Justice League release. And Hamada has done a damn good job, releasing successful DC Comics films  Aquaman, The Suicide Squad, The Batman, and Joker.

However, Zaslav has his sights set on a Kevin Feige-like figure to oversee the DCEU so it can measure up to what Marvel Studios is doing. At this point, it does not look like Hamada is that guy, although he is under contract with DC Films until 2023.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.