Warner Bros. Discover is reportedly planning to overhaul DC entertainment, the company behind the DC Comics heroes such as Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, and the Justice League. Variety reported multiple sources stated that the CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, David Zaslav, met with the top executives before the merger between Discovery and WarnerMedia to look for someone to increase the profile of DC Entertainment while also bringing its TV shows, movies, comics, and several video games into a better alignment. Zaslav has reportedly met with several individuals to find someone to be a figurehead and central voice with its DC content, just like Kevin Feige who oversees Marvel Studios.
This kind of change would affect the DC Films under Warner Bros. Pictures, weekly comic books at DC Comics, and streaming projects on HBO Max. Some of the franchises that would be affected by the change include Shazam! Fury of the Gods, Wonder Woman 3, The Flash, Black Adam, and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, as well as HBO Max original movies such as Zatanna, Blue Beetle, and Batgirl. TV projects that are in various stages of development on HBO Max include Strange Adventures, Green Lanter, and a Penguin spinoff of The Batman.
The former executive of 20th Century Studios and Paramount, Emma Watts, was reportedly one of the individuals that Zaslav was eyeing to take on this initiative. However, some sources said that Watts declined the position. Another source indicated that Zaslav wanted someone who had a business mind to keep all of the several DC verticals intertwined, and less of a creative voice behind the projects.
Some insiders also claim that Zaslav believes Warner Bros’ DC film slate hasn’t reached its maximum potential, even with the successes of Matt Reeves’ The Batman and Todd Phillips’ The Joker. One of the terms used is that the DC brand "lacks a coherent creative and brand strategy." Also, A-list characters such as Batman and Superman haven’t been used to their maximum potential, and need to be renewed. However, Warner Bros. has proved to make a good job of lifting overlooked characters such as Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn.
Several DC films slated for 2022 and 2023 have been pushed back. Aquaman 2 and The Flash were delayed to 2023, League of Super-Pets will now be moved to July 29, while Black Adam will be moved to October 21. Shazam! Fury of the Gods will now be moved from 2023 to December 12, 2022.