A new report from The Hollywood Reporter overnight claims that Warner Bros. may have found the Kevin Feige to leads its new DC Comics studio. As per the report, the studio has potentially entered talks with producer Dan Lin to take on the role.
Lin, a former executive himself, turned producer several years ago and has had a hand in a number of huge box office successes. Films in his repertoire include Aladdin, The Lego Movie, and the It horror movies.
According to the report, Warner Bros. isn’t simply looking for a lead for DC Films, the newly minted DC Studios head would also look after future television projects based on DC’s catalogue of heroes.
The proposed structure would bypass three separate division heads — Warner Bros. Pictures’ heads Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy, HBO/HBO Max chief Casey Bloys, and Warner Bros. TV chair Channing Dungey — and put control of DC in the hands of one person. Walter Hamada, the current head of DC Films, is expected to transition out of the role when the new studio head arrives.
UPDATE: a later report from Variety claims that Lin is yet to enter talks with the studio. The trade understands he may be the front runner in Warner Bros. eyes but no formal offer has been made.
The biggest hurdle, as per the report, is Lin’s production company, Rideback, which has ties to several other studios, including a first-look deal from January 2021 with Universal Pictures, and development on several features for Disney, including a live-action version of “Lilo & Stitch.” Were Lin to decamp to Warner Bros. Discovery to run DC, his involvement with those productions would need to be sorted, if not severed outright.
More on this story as it develops…