Dan Lin, the creator of The Lego Movie, was identified as the top candidate for Warner Bros. Discovery's new David Zaslav-appointed DC world order, according to sources familiar with the situation. He has no longer been in the running for the position, according to IndieWire.
Lin and Warner Bros. Discovery reached an agreement without a compromise, according to CNBC sources, but a compromise was nearing the end. Zaslav has been transparent in his desire to find someone in the Marvel Studios-Kevin Feige mold to manage its DC properties, but Lin was never a top contender.
Michael de Luca and Pamela Abdy, Warner Bros. Film division directors newly installed, are not intended to overstep their work, according to IndieWire. Warners DC filmmakers are happy with De Luca, a longtime comic fan, and Abdy at the studio.
Nor is the role intended to be a complete replacement for DC Films' head Walter Hamada, who was at one point rumored to be stepping out of the studio following the release of Batgirl. The new role would take on broader DC roles, not just film.
Joker: Folie a Deux, which will be filming in two months, as well as Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (December 25, 2023), Shazam! Fury of the Gods (March 17, 2023), and Ezra Miller in the controversies-be-damned The Flash (June 23, 2023).
Lin is the founder and CEO of Rideback, the film studio that produced the Lego Movie franchise as well as other tentpole titles across animation and live action.
Since announcing a DCU reset after dropping Batgirl, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav has been clear about his desires for a new DC role.
Zaslav stated during WBD's August earnings call that they have structured the business. Its very similar to the model that Alan Horn and Bob Iger built for Disney. We think we could create a long-term, much more sustainable growth company out of DC, and as part of that, we're not going to release any film before it's ready.
The company has gone through several rounds of layoffs since the Warner Bros. Discovery acquisition, with shares going down roughly half.