DC's Search For A Proper Leader May Be Coming To An End As Dan Lin Is Being Highly Considered
Dan Lin, a producer best known for his work on Sherlock Holmes and The Lego Batman Movie, is allegedly in negotiations to lead DC's film and television businesses.
It has long been rumored that Warner Bros. Discovery's new management was looking to bring on a new head of DC who would oversee the studio's DC Extended Universe film series in a way much to how Kevin Feige has handled Disney and Marvel Studios' Marvel Cinematic Universe. It appears like the quest is coming to an end. Producer Dan Lin is reportedly in negotiations to replace the current DC leader.
Lin would be in charge of DC's film and television departments in this position. According to sources, Lin would report directly to David Zaslav, the CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, and would not report to Michael De Luca, Pam Abdy, Casey Bloys, or Channing Dungey, the chairperson of Warner Bros. Pictures or HBO/HBO Max. THR also reports that should Lin take over DC, current DC Films president Walter Hamada would transition out of that role.
Contrary to THR's claim, Variety claims that although Lin is in the competition to be DC's "Kevin Feige," Warner Bros. Discovery has not yet made him a formal offer. Furthermore, "a number of obstacles remain in the way of any agreement proceeding."
The largest obstacle would be Lin's production business, Rideback, which has connections to other studios and has many projects in development at Disney as well as a first-look agreement with Universal. Despite the fact that Warner Bros. allegedly explored other possibilities, such as Arrowverse executive producer Greg Berlanti, Variety says that Lin himself is a strong prospect for the top position at DC.
According to Variety, the aforementioned Zaslav and his senior management were "playing with the concept of turning DC into its own distinct content category" in April of last year. A creative and strategic czar like Marvel's Kevin Feige was sought after, and Zaslav had reportedly already "vetted possibilities." In particular, the DCEU from Warner Bros. Pictures has frequently come under fire for lacking a single creative voice to lead the series, in contrast to Feige's MCU.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter