Joker Director Says DC Films President Just Didn't Get It

Todd Phillips' billion dollar comic book movie, Joker, had something of a tumultuous time getting to the big screen, with the director opening up about how one particular studio head simply did not get it.

"When the regime changed on the Warner side, the regime also changed on the DC side. They put a guy in charge at DC, Walter Hamada, who had been running a small horror label at New Line. So he didn't have muscle to stop it, and I'm not saying he would have, but he didn't get it. And because On paper, it's crazy. [He] just stepped into this new job, and 'we just made Shazam! and Wonder Woman. We're doing okay; do we really want to mess with the formula?' And so I really understood his point.

But in some ways, I had enough weight behind me at that point - not overrule it, because
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