Reports suggest Dan Lin could head up the DCEU for Warner Bros

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Dan Lin is reportedly top of the list to lead the DC Extended Universe for Warner Bros Discovery CEO David Zaslav.

With delays announced yesterday to two of its biggest upcoming films, not to mention the Batgirl debacle and the continued uncertainty over The Flash, it’s fair to say that the DC Extended Universe is in the messiest state it’s ever been in, and  given some of the turmoil that it’s been embroiled in over the years, that really is saying something.

The DCEU is now under the remit of David Zaslav, CEO of the newly-merged Warner Bros Discovery. Zaslav has already made some big moves, cancelling Batgirl whilst looking to save The Flash, a high-stakes gambit indeed given star, Ezra Miller’s ongoing legal troubles. We’ve known for a few weeks that Zaslav is keen to bring in a figure akin to Kevin Feige at Marvel Studios, the kind of creative impresario who can imprint a clear vision onto the DCEU moving forwards, not just creating a ten year plan but implementing it successfully too.

According to reports, Zaslav may just have found that person, with news circulating (via The Hollywood Reporter) that Dan Lin, producer of Aladdin, The Lego Movie, and the It is Zaslav’s preferred man for the role. Much like Disney’s corporate restructuring back in 2015 (and again in 2019) which gave Feige increasing levels of control, Zaslav is reportedly looking to establish Lin in a similar role, meaning that he will only report to Zaslav (rather than the heads of film, TV, etc) and in effect have full and complete autonomy to push the DCEU in whichever direction he sees fit.

Lin has reportedly risen to the top of a fearsome line of contenders, including some big names like Amy Pascal and Greg Berlanti. Whoever does end up taking the top job will likely take the reins from Walter Hamada, the current incumbent. Hamada has ridden out controversy and criticism whilst shepherding through some successes in the form of Joker and The Batman and developing talents relations, bringing filmmakers such James Gunn and Matt Reeves into the DCEU for multiple projects. Whoever winds up landing the spot will have an enormous task on their hands.

We’ll let you know more on this one as we hear it.

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