Warner Bros. Discovery could have found its version of Kevin Feige.
THR reports that Dan Lin is in foretells function as new company’s DC chief, with far-reaching control over both film and television. In that role Lin would report right to WB Discovery CEO David Zaslav, bypassing multiple other division heads.
Lin includes a long history with Warner Bros., boasting a background being an executive producer which includes the The Lego Movie, the It films, and Godzilla: King of Monsters. He’s got been called among the “30 MOST EFFECTIVE Film Producers in Hollywood.”
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In accordance with THR, Lin was championed by former Disney chair Alan Horn, who helped orchestrate the reorganization that gave Feige so much power at Marvel Studios.
Walter Hamada, who currently leads DC Films, will reportedly transition from the role. Hamada was reportedly on the brink of quitting on the recent Batgirl cancellation, but ultimately made a decision to stick to until at the very least the October 21 release of Black Adam.
For the time being, significant hurdles stay in Lin’s potential hiring. Included in this, Variety reports that Lin is involved with several potential projects for Disney, including a live-action Lilo & Stitch. Lin’s ties to these projects would need to be resolved if he were to visit WB Discovery. For the time being, Variety reports that no offer has been made.
Should he ultimately be hired, Lin will immediately face with several major challenges, like the fallout from the cancellation of Batgirl. He’ll also need to cope with the controversy surrounding Ezra Miller, who headlines The Flash the movie ostensibly designed to be considered a soft reboot for the DC Extended Universe. Shazam! Fury of the Gods and Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom were also recently delayed.
Zaslav has verbal about his need to have a job within DC equal to that held by Feige, who enjoys outsized influence because the head of Marvel Studios. If he successfully recruits Lin, Zaslav may accomplish that.
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This story has been updated with additional reporting from other sources.
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