Tuesday, September 15, 2009

And Now the News: DC Entertainment

Thanks to an unusually busy weekend, I'm a bit behind on the news from last week, but like the week before there's one story that really needs a post of its own before I can play catch-up on the rest. DC Comics is now DC Entertainment.

When I first filed that link for future reference, I wrote a note with it: "DC responds to Disney-Marvel." But as Spurgeon pointed out, that's not really the case at all, "because Time Warner doesn't work that way and nobody works that quickly." And besides, "these exact moves or their rough equivalent have been rumored for some time."

Kevin created a fantastic summary of "what we know so far" for Robot 6, so that's where you should go if you're interested. The short version seems to be that Paul Levitz' former job as President and Publisher of DC Comics is being divided into two positions. Diane Nelson (famous for shepherding the Harry Potter movies at Warner Brothers) will fill the Presidential role and assist in getting movies and TV shows made from DC's characters. A new Publisher will be announced later. Levitz will return to editing and writing.

As part of getting movie deals under control, Warner/DC has apparently pulled back on a couple of developing projects like the Wonder Woman movie that's been in the works for so long. It feels like a step backwards, but I'm hopeful that it's a temporary set-back that'll get everything in order so that work can move ahead quickly and soon. That's where most of my interest in this story is focused.

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