The Final Nail in DC Cinematic Coffin

The Final Nail in DC Cinematic Coffin

Walter Hamada was clearly hired in a panic.  

He was a producer at Warner’s subsidiary New Line Cinema for ten years.  His track record there wasn’t terrible.  That said it wasn’t exceptional either.  He oversaw a string of horror films in the 2010s.  The Conjuring, Conjuring 2, and Annabelle and the like. As you can see from this list Hamada was basically producing the same film over and over again.  Sort of like the Shannon Tweed films in the 1990s that had names like Indecent (Noun) and Naked (Verb).  

From a financial perspective, the studio had every reason to be happy with him.  For a budget of $20 million, Hamada would deliver a worldwide gross of $300 million. They weren’t that great but no one in the history of Hollywood ever complained about something like that.  “If the cash is there, we do not care.”

He genuinely hit the big time with this formula when he produced, It, and It Chapter 2. On a combined budget of $110 million, he delivered a combined gross that was over a billion.  Making him officially a somebody in Hollywood.

He got the big job at Warner because he had a win with Shazam!.  However, it should be noted, that this movie’s success was nowhere near his usual level.  It only took in $365 million against a budget of $100 million.  Absolutely a hit but nowhere near Marvel territory.

It was pretty far from flawless.  I have made my own feelings plain over what was done with the OG Captain Marvel character elsewhere.

Nonetheless, Warner had to hire someone after the bloodbath over Josstice League was cleaned up and the heads were rolled into the garbage dumpster.  Walter Hamada unquestionably had success in the lesser genres and could even be reasonably accused of having a big win with Shazam!  

Even if that movie got the character of Billy Batson completely wrong.  However, I can blame the medium talent, Geoff Johns, for most of that.  Although, it should be noted he did nothing at all to defend the character’s integrity.  He just turned those things over the comic book guy on his staff.

Regardless, he had exactly the resume that Ma Bell was looking for.  He could deliver huge wins on tiny budgets.

There is little question that he hated being forced to greenlight the Snyder Cut. The executives on his team at Warner Media were announcing that this was a one-off and that the Snyderverse was dead the night before it was released.  Or I should say officially released.  Someone with access to a pristine copy of the Snyder Cut uploaded it before the launch.  That was deliberate sabotage on the part of someone high up at Warner because there are less than a dozen people who would have had early access to an unwatermarked copy.

I’ll be honest with you.  I don’t mourn the passing of the Snyderverse.  Zach Snyder couldn’t get Superman or Wonder Woman right.  He loves deconstructing aspirational heroes and I loathe, detest and despise this hideous practice.

While I didn’t like the Snyderverse, I am keenly dreading what will follow.  Walter Hamada is rumored to be turning the whole thing over to Bad Reboot. Lens flairs and mystery boxes beaucoup!  

If this rumor is true, JJ Abrams will most likely turn the TV end of things that are on his plate over to his retarded little brother Alex Kurtzman.  We can expect the kind of Woke that Marvel will only be able to dream.

In the end, it doesn’t matter.  There is no bringing back a character after he’s been dragged through the mud for years.

Revitalization movements always fail

Revolutions succeed.

Man the barricades at Arkhaven! 

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  • Seeker Reply

    Other DC content on film/TV:
    – CWverse: Ever declining shows that get renewed because you only fall upwards in Hollywood.
    – The DCAMU: An Animated universe that just reset itself into nonexistence with flashpoint 2.0… while grimderpily killing off 80% of the heroes as a final screw you. Interested?
    – The Green Lantern show: An HBO Max show that is attempting to adapt Green Lantern to live action… again… without the budget of a movie.
    – The Titanverse: Egelordism.
    – The Flashpoint movie: Want to watch a movie that’s about destroying the continuity of everything that came before it? No? What if we made it a shrine to nerd references. Still no?
    – Aquaman 2: Because the first one made money. Yup.
    – The Batman: Do you really care?
    – JJ Verse: Is the JJ Verse.
    – Black Adam: Perpetually delayed. Ironically enough, also probably their best shot at an actual movie.
    – Misc animated shows that nobody really cares about. And reboots without their original creators.

    April 30, 2021 at 4:22 am
  • Crazy Dave Reply

    The only bright spot in the DC universe right now is Stargirl. Eagerly awaiting season 02.

    I dread that it, too, will be crapped on and become unrecognizable.

    April 30, 2021 at 1:56 pm
  • SirFalterBrawley Reply

    I do wonder if Rebel’s Run will come at a time where general audiences are tired of super hero movies, altogether or when they’re crying out for a super hero movie that’s not garbage and propel it to success. Given the popularity of independent shorts on youtube, even when a franchise has been run into the ground, I’m inclined to think it will be the latter.

    April 30, 2021 at 5:18 pm
  • Dave Kanger Reply

    The problems of the DCEU are inherently fundamental to its originating vision.

    Man of Steel only barely works — and this primarily is an indictment of Superman killing Zod — if that world’s superheroism is at its neophyte origination; that Kal-El is at the first step of his superheroing days, growing from the understanding of responsibility of his power. It could work in a Superman franchise with Man of Steel being the first entry, and the *Man of Steel* _sequel_ with Superman as the leading protagonist of _his own story_ grows and moves on from killing Zod to understanding how powerful he is and the conscious choice to no longer kill.

    Alas, that is not how Superman’s Man of Steel sequel played out, nor how the rest of the DCEU was wired.

    Some lunatic, in their infinitely misguided wisdom saw fit that the perfect Superman sequel would rather be an adaptation of a Batman non-canon alternate universe tale. Batman vs. Superman is a great film adaptation of TDK. In fact, one would be hardpressed to find a better film adaptation of Frank Miller’s comic than this film. It absolutely sucks ass as a Superman sequel. It is wrong, misfit and misguided. It abuses Superman’s character and hard codes a false character — the TDK’s shadow of Superman as a force-of-nature wraith as the ultimate opposing force to Batman — into the DNA of the Snyderverse / DCEU. It is clear that the Snyderverse should have been a Batman film series instead of composite shared superhero universe; it sadly would have worked well as such.

    April 30, 2021 at 6:13 pm
  • Chris Lopes Reply

    DC’s major issue is they want to be the MCU without doing the work. Marvel spent years giving the main heroes in the Avenger series their own movies before putting them together. They let the characters grow on the audience so we would care about what happened to them.

    DC didn’t want to wait. They gave us one (and only one) Sup movie before throwing him, Batman, and Wonder Woman together. Each of those characters needed his/her own movie before the whole “fight then join forces” thing. They did it bass ackwards.

    May 1, 2021 at 5:07 pm

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