LOLtron wrote:More likely than not, the editorial clusterfuck at DC is the result of a managerial clusterfuck at Warner Bros., and if heads haven't rolled yet, what makes anyone think they're going to now? If DC's parent company wasn't happy with the performance of DC after all this time, they would have changed things up by now.
I don't think so at all. WB executives aren't the ones making the mandate that no Bat family characters can be happy or get married. They're not the ones who fired Kevin Maguire and demanded that Justice League 3000 be rewritten to make it more grim and gritty. They're not the ones who wanted to kill John Stewart. It's absurd to suggest that these guys are sitting around their boardroom deciding the minutia of comic book storylines.
It's a popular narrative that creators are being micromanaged in the name of corporate synergy. That's horseshit. Look at the other media. There isn't much in the way of synergy. Batman: Brave and the Bold and Teen Titans Go bare little to no resemblance to the DCU. If synergy were important, DC would never brought back Hal and Barry and would have stuck with John Stewart and Wally West, who were better known thanks to the JLU. The same goes for Helena Bertinelli from Arrow (AND JLU) versus Helena Wayne in the DCU.
I would be shocked if anyone at the WB above Dan Didio read any of these comics. The truth is that the WB runs DC the same way Disney runs Marvel. They hire a middle manager and let him do whatever the hell he wants as long as the books turn a profit. I suppose that means that a small share of the blame belongs with the WB, but the lions share belongs with the people making the day to day decisions: Dan Didio, Jim Lee, Bob Harras and Geoff Johns. And if you think that blame belongs just with Harras and not Didio, watch the video of his little rant from Baltimore. Listen to not just his words (OUR edict, OUR mandate, for ME that's a very important statement to make), but also his tone. He's angry. He's scolding anyone who dares to disagree with him.
DC's problem is that they're being run by a small group of people whose egos are matched only by their incompetence. Pure and simple.