Warner Bros. Pictures names Chantal Nong as DC Films' vice president of production as part of a significant restructuring behind the scenes following Justice League's release last year. The studio got off to a rocky start with their unofficially titled DC Extended Universe when they shoehorned their world's finest heroes into Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, though their goal was always to build up to 2017's Justice League.
Unfortunately, Justice League was neither the critical nor commercial success Warner Bros. wanted it to be - thanks, in part, to the film's conflicting tones and countless missing scenes, which were a result of a heavily-publicized directorial shakeup during post-production. And so, the DCEU is being reorganized to prevent such a calamitous disaster from ever occurring again. First off, Warner Bros. hired IT and The Conjuring producer Walter Hamada to oversee DC Films. Now, Hamada will be joined by another established WB executive.
THR reports that Warner Bros. has appointed Chantal Nong as vice president of production at DC Films; she will be serving under Hamada on all DC Comics productions, not just DCEU movies. Nong has worked with WB for several years, and she's most well-known for working on recent movies such as Gareth Edwards' Godzilla, Nancy Meyer's The Intern, and John M. Chu's Crazy Rich Asians.
This news comes on the same day that it was reported The LEGO Batman Movie's Chris McKay is being eyed to direct Dungeons & Dragons for Paramount, which means his Nightwing movie has been put on the backburner for now. Unfortunately, that's only one of many hits that's apparently taking place at the DC Films. While Suicide Squad 2 is expected to start filming in October 2018, THR also reported that DC's Batgirl and Flashpoint films are the next films on the docket to enter production after Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman 2 (which starts filming in June 2018).
With Hamada and Nong now heading up WB's DC Films production arm, they will presumably be looking to reorganize the official DCEU slate. That's why Nightwing may is getting pushed aside, which makes sense considering that it wasn't on WB's official DCEU slate at San Diego Comic-Con 2017. What's more, it shows that they are looking to capitalize on familiar characters to general audiences, which is why they may be pushing Todd Phillips' Joker origin film into production this May. But, overall, with Hamada and Nong in place, WB is sending a message that they are cleaning house and settling their DC Films division in for the long haul.
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