And before this rumor gets out of hand, no, Disney is not going to buy Time Warner.

And no, Marvel Comics and DC Comics won’t become one company. 

So please, stop thinking about “the possibilities.”

After I make this point.

Suppose they did combine. Would they still be two publishers or one? Likely, they’d be one publisher with fewer books between them both. Between the two of them, DC and Marvel releases over 100 books a month in their traditional imprints alone (not even counting the licensed books, the Vertigo books, the Icon books, nor the Max books). Surely there would have to be a rollback in titles. Certain titles will go away and others will prosper. 

But would it be the old universe or a combined Marvel/DC Universe? Depends on WHICH Marvel or DC Universe you’re talking about. There are two main Marvel Universes (the traditional 616 and the Ultimate Universe) and there are at least 52 DC Universes. As much as people would love to see them all in one universe, the likelihood would have kept them separated. .

But I know you’re not even thinking about the comics, you’re more antsy about the ballyhooed movie universes. You want to see Batman busting heads with Wolverine or some huge Justice League/Avengers movie. It’s not that easy and would never ever happen. For starters, the Marvel movie rights are still divided. And if any DC character and elements appears in any X-Men, Spider-Man, Fantastic Four book, that’ll give those producers access to those characters, which is probably why you’ll likely see DC characters in their own books. And since Warner Bros. comes with DC Comics, Warner Bros. retains exclusive movie rights to all things DC.

And the thought of Disney, who would be Warner Bros’s new owner making movies based on obscure Marvel franchises?  You’d better get that out of your head because from here on out, it’d only be the big franchises. Nothing like Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant Man, or Doctor Strange would ever come from Marvel films ever again.  

So please, for the love of all things decent, can’t you let that rumor die?

Look at Marvel’s competitors and it becomes clear that superhero movies are not their sole priority.

Fox has its Fantastic Four reboot and its X-Men franchise, but it makes plenty of other movies, including other franchises — Assassin’s Creed, Ice Age, Planet Of The Apes, Taken, etc.

Sony/Columbia wants to build a universe around Spider-Man with Sinister Six, Venom, and perhaps Black Cat or Spider-Woman, but it also has the James Bond franchise, Jump Street, The Smurfs.

DC’s parent company Warner Bros. is a beast, and it didn’t just make the Dark Knight movies; it also had Harry Potter, The Hobbit, The Hangover, and much more, including the new Godzilla. There are people at Warner Bros. who never have to think about Batman.

There is no-one at Marvel Studios who doesn’t have to think about Captain America.

Lots of uncomfortable truths in Andrew Wheeler’s article on Comics Alliance this morning.

But that right there is a huge reason people need to cut Warner Bros a little slack in regards to making DC Comics-based films, especially in comparison to Marvel Studios, which only makes Marvel films.

Read the rest of Why Marvel Studios Succeeds (And How It Might Fail) 

Oh, and in case you needed this advisory, a reminder that the internet is a vineyard, and in the comments section, it’s whine season.

A Batman/Wolverine Movie Will NEVER HAPPEN, So Get That Out Your Head

First of all, Fox is not going to buy Time Warner. It’s not going to happen because they can’t afford it and won’t survive the logistic hell from the FTC and FCC that involves the broadcast networks owned by the two companies (WPCH in Atlanta and half of The CW is owned by Time Warner while Fox, My Network TV, and MundoFox are owned by Fox, and there would have to be concessions, including dissolving The CW altogether, something Fox has wanted to do since The WB merged with UPN almost a decade ago). 

Also, the fact that they’d have to sell off CNN, which is a much larger news organization than Fox News/Sky News combined, seems laughable and myopic. The world is bigger than the United States. 

Speaking of laughable and myopic, fanboys are creaming themselves over a film they think could happen if Time Warner got taken over by 21st Century Fox. 

"We could get a Batman/Wolverine crossover movie."

No. No you won’t. 

See, even if DC Entertainment was acquired by 21st Century Fox (again, it’s not going to happen), they still won’t make a crossover film with a character from a competing studio/publisher, in this case Marvel Entertainment’s Wolverine. It’s nonsense to think Disney, owners of those Marvel characters, would even allow Fox to do it in the first place. I mean, remember when Time Warner’s New Line Cinema made Blade movies? No crossing over into the DC Universe with that character. 

Just because you own a bunch of franchises doesn’t mean everything has to cross over. You don’t see Harry Potter crossing over with Tim Hunter and the Books of Magic. You don’t see Freddy Kreuger taking on the Winchester Brothers of Supernatural. Don’t you think Warner Bros would make Batman v Harry Potter: The Boys Who Lived if they wanted to? 

So, get that out of your head, because unless Disney bought Time Warner (and they won’t), you’ll never see Batman and Wolverine in the same live-action film.



So the new toy theme for Wendy’s Kids’ Meals (from 5.26.14 to 7.7.14) is Superman|Wonder Woman, featuring toys and imagery thematically centered on the two lead powerhouses of DC Comics. These include disc toss and speed challenge games, a swooping Superman glider, a Wonder…

Why is it so hard and “tricky” for DC Comics and Warner Bros. to create a Wonder Woman?

If you have an established character … hell, if you have JUST A CHARACTER and are capable of creating a story around that character, you have the beginnings of film.

This is not rocket science. It’s movie making. 

If fans could make small trailers that show off what a film COULD look like (like this one and this one), they’ve shown more guts than a major movie studio ever could. These fans actually have something people could actually watch. 

In 2009, Warner Bros. Animation released an animated film with a solid story. No problem. They could literally tell that story in its entirety in a live-action film with no effort. 

Look at other Warner Bros. heroines captured on film for examples of how to set up Wonder Woman.

  • Trinity from the Matrix films
  • Daenerys Targaryen, Sansa Stark, and Arya Stark from Game of Thrones
  • Io from Clash of the Titans and Andromeda from Wraith of the Titans 
  • Gorgo and Artemisia from the 300 films
  • Faora from Man of Steel

Or you could, you know, read the decades of Wonder Woman comics that continue to be published to this date (if Wonder Woman was tricky and impossible to tell stories for, she would have disappeared shortly after she was created in 1941) as well as the countless cartoon shorts,TV shows, animated films, and animated series the character has appeared in over the decades.   

What exactly are you afraid of DC/Warner Bros? That you’d make a bad film? Just try it again like you did after Superman IV and Batman and Robin and what you’ll probably do after Green Lantern.

Are you afraid that it’ll be a GOOD film and that you’d have to make some more with possibly more female characters?

That’s not a bad thing. That’s a GREAT thing! The comic film industry needs a lot more estrogen in it, you know?

Are you afraid that boys won’t root for female characters? Seriously? That’s a pretty myopic opinion to have in the 21st century where heroines dominate the big screen and the small screen. 

I think the bottom line is I’m just sick and tired of asking why there isn’t a live-action Wonder Woman film and even more ticked about pleading and begging for one to a studio that should have greenlit it decades ago. 

It’s getting old, and I’m sick of hearing WB/DC’s excuses over and over. Stop making excuses and make the Wonder Woman movie.