Greg Berlanti, the producer of televised DC content for The CW and HBO Max, may be moving up in the hierarchy of the brand under the new management.
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Geekosity founder Mikey Sutton previously scooped Berlanti is “in the running” to replace Walter Hamada at DC Films and Variety recently confirmed this is a possibility.
Sutton adds, though, that a little “cold water” can be thrown on this. Berlanti’s chances of being the kingpin at DC Films are remote but he may wind up having a part in the 10-year plan for DC set forth by Warner Discovery’s real big boss David Zaslav.
Part of that plan is finding the figure comparable to Kevin Feige to head the new DC studio once it’s restructured. And they might have found him in Godzilla vs Kong producer David Lin.
He’s in talks but if those fall through then on paper, Berlanti looks like a good alternative between his initial success with the Arrowverse, before Batwoman happened and overall quality and budget suffered. He still managed to win over critics with the movies Love, Simon and Free Guy.
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His credits include another Ryan Reynolds vehicle/DC movie, Green Lantern, which while a flop, Sutton notes Berlanti was fired from the movie and the final cut doesn’t reflect his vision.
However, there is more “cold water” from Variety who say in their report, “Greg Berlanti, who oversees many of DC’s television properties, has been loudly whispered as a possibility for the role — but no one from Warner Bros. has actually approached his camp, Berlanti has not pursued the job, and insiders believe that the superstar producer wouldn’t be interested in going in-house.”
That last part about his interest level might not be entirely accurate. Sutton’s sources counter they “doubt Berlanti isn’t interested in such a powerful position,” though he might have to keep his goals realistic.
The best chance he has is to become a consultant at the new DC Studio. WBD wants someone with more film experience, says Sutton, who brings up Zack Snyder’s wife Deborah as an ideal example. Lin’s name didn’t come up at this point.
Whoever is hired, Berlanti still has a place at DC as a producer on the shows of his that remain: Superman & Lois, Stargirl, and the upcoming Green Lantern series that was rumored to be called off.
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