Walter Hamada has been discussing where DC Films is headed, and a multiverse was very much involved.
Being the top guy at DC Films has certainly been a testing experience for Walter Hamada. Having come on board in the wake of the widespread critical mauling of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and then 2017’s Justice League, he’s since had to deal with major franchise stars such as Ben Affleck abandoning their roles, being called out by Ray Fisher for conducting an insufficient investigation onto the well-publicised problems on the set of Justice League and now, dealing with the fallout of a pandemic and the effect that has had on the upcoming DC slate of films.
Hamada has been chatting to The New York Times about where DC Films goes next, and unsurprisingly, the potential afforded by both the multiverse concept and the options afforded by parent company Warner Bros now boasting its own streaming service – HBO Max – both came up.
With regards to the idea of combining the rather disparate DC films through the concept of a multiverse, Hamada said “I don’t think anyone else has ever attempted this. But audiences are sophisticated enough to understand it. If we make good movies, they will go with it.”
Clearly then, Mr Hamada is employing the classic tradition of ignoring the competition, as Marvel Studios also has its own multiverse planned and will most likely beat DC to the punch, with 2021’s as yet-untitled Spider-Man 3 featuring multiverse elements including several characters from earlier Spider-Man franchises. If reports are accurate, we will have to wait for FlashPoint in 2022 before we see the DC take a similar route.
DC Films is also taking the opportunities afforded by the HBO Max platform very seriously too, according to Hamada.
He claims that whilst DC Film’s biggest properties will go to the cinema screen first, with up to four a year releasing by 2022, two films per year featuring smaller or riskier characters are planned to release on the streaming platform.
That’s without even mentioning the TV spin-off potential, such as the already-announced Peacemaker and Gotham Central.
Says Hamada, “with every movie that we’re looking at now, we are thinking, ‘What’s the potential Max spinoff?”
So there you have it. You can be thoroughly assured that within a few years everybody will be trying out multiverses and we’ll all be queueing up to watch a Zorro, Wizard Of Oz, Universal Monsters or Tarzan multiverse movie. Then we’ll know we’ve hit peak multiverse and rue this day.
As for DC Films, its latest movie is Wonder Woman 1984 which you can currently see in the cinema, should there be one open by you, or on VoD from the 13th January.
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