It must be the month for big comics company/film news as, mere days after the big Marvel/Disney deal, Warners has announced that it's essentially swallowing up DC Comics.
Yes, after years of figuring out a way to work side by side to shove as many of the comics' gurus' characters up on screen, Warners has decided to take full control of DC, like an annoyed parent sick of telling their child to sit up straight.
The company is now be changed to DC Entertainment, and Warners has put one of its veteran executives - Diane Nelson, who has run the Harry Potter franchise and overseen the company's successful direct-to-DVD arm for years in charge of the place.
Former DC overlord/publisher Paul Levitz will step down and go back to being a writer/consultant at the company.
"It's no secret that DC has a myriad of rich and untapped possibilities from its deep library of iconic and lesser-known characters," Warner Bros boss Alan Horn tells Variety. "The formation of DC Entertainment will help us bring more DC properties across additional platforms to fans around the world."
So what does that mean for us, the cinema-going public? A lot more DC characters making their way on to our screens, for one thing. And, with any luck, the company might finally figure out how to get the likes of The Flash and Wonder Woman out of development hell.
And expect a load of lower-level heroes to come out of the corporate woodwork too…
While Warners has been building to this point for a couple of years now, it'll be interesting to see if it can work up a slate of films to compete with Marvel's current strong roster…
Is this a good move? Or are you horrified at WB taking the reins?
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