Over the last few weeks, following the news of Dan DiDio leaving DC Comics, there have been some really insane rumors being tossed around about the future of the comics publisher. The big one said that if DC’s upcoming relaunch didn’t go well AT&T would shut down the comic inprint or license it to Disney/Marvel so Kevin Feige could take over. Most people with a brain saw that as complete BS, but as things tend to do on the Internet it went viral with countless YouTube videos made to spread it even more.
Today at C2E2, Jim Lee held his publisher panel, and kicked it right off to squash that rumor once and for all:
“To address some of the stuff that is out there, there’s rumors… speculation. I wouldn’t put any credence into it. DC has been around for 85 years, and we’ll be around for another 85 years. I hope to be doing this panel in 85 years. We’re hugely important. We’ve been with Warner Bros. for decades. The actual strategy for DC is to put publishing at the center of what we do. It’s the engine of all the movies, TV, cartoons, we do. And so it’s my intent going forward as the Publisher, to lean into the collective years of my team.”
He explains it pretty well there, the comics are what all of Warners’ big TV shows and movies draw from. Without DC Comics, HBO Max would be missing out on a huge source of new material to base movies and TV shows off of, so anyone who thought that AT&T would be getting rid of that really didn’t know what they were talking about.