A new report into the future of DC after Batgirl‘s cancellation has revealed that DC Films president Walter Hamada had plans for a movie based on the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event.
The shelving of Batgirl late into the film’s post-production process shocked fans and filmmakers everywhere. Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav has said the move was part of the company’s shifting strategy for DC, which now includes creating a 10-year plan for DC releases.
Following the merging of Warner Bros. and Discovery, the company’s new approach to DC properties has jeopardized existing plans for several DC releases. A Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover movie is said to have been among them.
DC’s Crisis On Infinite Films
David Zaslav’s new plan for DC and his assertion that Warner Bros. Discovery’s approach to the comic company’s IP “is something we can make better” has not been well received within DC.
Walter Hamada had apparently come close to exiting his role as president of DC Films following the sudden axing of Batgirl, though he has been convinced to stay at least until the release of Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam this October. With Zaslav now pursuing a new direction for DC, it is Hamada’s previous plan that is being thrown out the window.
Prior to the Warner Bros. Discovery merger, Walter Hamada had apparently been looking to start releasing three or four DC movies every year. He had been tasked with setting the company on a new path after Zack Snyder’s plans for DC were abandoned following the release of Justice League.
Walter Hamada’s roadmap for DC was said to have included a Crisis on Infinite Earths movie. This comic crossover event brought in DC characters from every corner of their publishing history and ended with an overhaul of their comic continuity. The storyline is an obvious candidate to rival Marvel’s crossover epics like Avengers: Endgame.
While further details of Walter Hamada’s plans for DC are not known, it now looks likely that none of his designs for the company’s future will be realized. Whether this means plans to bring Crisis on Infinite Earths to the big screen have been totally abandoned remains to be seen.
Here is the synopsis for the next DC Universe film, Black Adam:
Nearly 5,000 years after he was bestowed with the almighty powers of the ancient gods—and imprisoned just as quickly—Black Adam (Johnson) is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world.
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra from a script written by Adam Sztykiel and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshirvani, the DC film stars Dwayne Johnson, Aldis Hodge, Noah Centineo, Sarah Shahi, Marwan Kenzari, Quintessa Swindell, Bodhi Sabongui, and Pierce Brosnan.
Black Adam opens in theaters on October 21, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the future of the DC Universe at Warner Bros. Discovery, and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.