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.