Warner Bros. Discovery may have found their Kevin Feige in producer Dan Lin and the DCEU fandom has a lot to say about The Lego Batman movie producer currently engaged in discussions to clasp control over DC Films and TV division. But his recent bot comment during an interview raised questions regarding his stance on the Snyderverse and his potential plans for the superhero franchise.
Walter Hamada’s reign under Warner Bros. as the DC Films president is coming to an end and with it, WBD head David Zaslav may have found a successor to take over his duties. THR reports Lin’s team is currently discussing “salary, reporting structure” as well as what would become of the producer’s production company, Rideback. But DC fans are rather more interested in Lin’s intentions for the DC brand, taking into account he was in charge of the ambitious Justice League movie by director George Miller.
UPDATE: Negotiations with Dan Lin to oversee as DC chief broke in early September due to the producer’s responsibilities with his own company, Rideback
Lin was recently on The Ankler Hot Seat podcast interviewed by Janice Min and Tatiana Siegel and spoke in detail about his long desire to oversee the DC franchise. “When I first started my producing career in 2008 I was producing Justice League and that was with George Miller directing, I moved my family to Australia, I was gonna have a very different life and I was going to basically be overseeing the DC franchise, that got away.” The interview got sidelined when Siegel said “those crazy Snyderverse fans would’ve come after you” to which Lin seems to brush off with a jest saying “all those bots”.
Lin’s comment has already kicked off discourse with some insisting it’s a sign the producer will reset the Snyderverse timeline and start a new DC universe. But others have taken his Bot statement as a joke. Furthermore, Suicide Squad fans also pointed out that Lin was originally the producer that helped David Ayer‘s film get greenlit. Meanwhile, the general DC fandom is hopeful since Lin’s track record as a producer includes Oscar-nominated titles like The Two Popes and box office-raking blockbusters like Aladdin.
New DC head Dan Lin has called SnyderVerse fans "bots".
— Unbiased Snyder Fan (@snyder_all) August 26, 2022
Dan Lin was one of the original producers who got Ayers Suicide Squad up & going 😮#ReleaseTheAyerCut
— The Ayer Cut (@CutAyer) August 26, 2022
No opinion one way or another on Dan Lin. Strong resume, been around several facets of the business for a long time, has connections to Alan Horn and other key executive talent. I'm really just hopeful for good DC content no matter who is calling the shots.
— Brandon Katz (@Great_Katzby) August 26, 2022
Really? This was clearly a joke. I know y’all not about to make Snyder Fans look soft by overreacting to this. 😂
Obviously ya don’t have to endorse Dan Lin, because you don’t know him, but don’t act like he committed a crime here.
As for ol’ g i r l, she can k!ck R🪨CKS! pic.twitter.com/ZRDQaNtjqy
— The Nu Geekz (@TheNuGeekz) August 26, 2022
tatiana siegel was interviewing Dan Lin a couple weeks ago and she made a joke about snyder fans coming after him like they came after her if he ever did DC before, he laughed and said a bot joke
y'all need to chill 🤣🤣🤣
— SyL ☕ #SyLNation🌐 (@sylabdul_inc) August 26, 2022
If Dan Lin hates Snyder them explain these pic.twitter.com/OUCNqSZChZ
— DB (@DankBat) August 26, 2022
Dan Lin’s “bot” comment in it’s full context is quite clearly just him playing along in a friendly way right at the end of an interview. Hilarious how Tatiana Siegel cries for sympathy out of nowhere when it’s not even related to anything.#RestoreTheSnyderVerse pic.twitter.com/KFumamplGQ
— Shay 🤖 #RestoreTheSnyderVerse (@ForeverSquadDC) August 26, 2022
So Dan Lin, who’s in talks to be the new head of DC Films (aka DC Studios…), was the original producer on Suicide Squad before it was reworked into being part of the DCEU.#RestoreTheSnyderVerse#ReleaseTheAyerCut pic.twitter.com/t2yRpgbL9m
— Shay 🤖 #RestoreTheSnyderVerse (@ForeverSquadDC) August 25, 2022
An absolutely fantastic choice honestly. I think the only thing I would take away from it is, based on Lin’s track record, he seems like he’s been brought in by Zaslav to fulfill that wish of major-event theatrical movies like the below listed examples. https://t.co/fNXSi2cGCO
— Jacob (@JacobFisherDF) August 25, 2022
Dan Lin produced the RDJ SHERLOCK films, THE LEGO MOVIE, THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE, ALADDIN 2019, IT 1 and 2, GODZILLA VS KONG and HAUNTED MANSION 2023.
Not a bad choice at all. I wish him nothing but the best of luck. https://t.co/nIamvoOvX7
— BSL (@bigscreenleaks) August 25, 2022
The one thing that has me hopeful about the Dan Lin hire is that he was a part of Justice League Mortal and seems to have a basic knowledge of these characters. pic.twitter.com/sAdALsVtmp
— The Moonlight Warrior 🌙 (@BlackMajikMan90) August 25, 2022
Dan Lin will be the new head of DC.
Impossible to know where he takes DC but clearly theatrical event films will likely be the focus.
My take: more Justice League sequels. Focus on the core DC characters as your foundation. Take creative risks with the property. Also..Superman.
— Sheraz Farooqi (@SherazFarooqi_) August 25, 2022
If you think Dan Lin is the guy to bow down to the Snyder fandom, you’d be wrong, take a listen at 45mins mark https://t.co/keoWBHEtKA
— KC Walsh (@TheComixKid) August 26, 2022
The DC Extended Universe is in a constant state of flux since Batgirl’s axing. Ben Affleck’s cameo as Batman for Aquaman 2 further complicates Michael Keaton’s caped crusader appearance in The Flash and top it all, Ezra Miller’s behavior has assured his exit after the standalone feature. Perhaps a soft reboot could be the fix the brand requires but approaching it with an X-Men: Days of Future Past type course correction could be the best business option for WBD to avoid further alienating its massive fanbase.
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