Warner Bros. is taking firmer control over DC Comics, overseeing the publishing company under a new division that will report directly to Warner Pictures.
According to an announcement by DC today, Diane Nelson, the former president of Warner Premiere, will serve as President of “DC Entertainment,” as the new division is called. Nelson will report to Jeff Robinov, president of Warner Bros. Pictures Group.
“Based on the great success we’ve had working with DC Comics to create some of the most popular and successful super hero films of all time, I’ve long believed that there was much more we could do across all of Warner Bros.’ businesses with this great body of characters and stories,” said Robinov.
Current DC Comics President and Publisher Paul Levitz will segue into a role as “Writer, Contributing Editor and Overall Consultant to DC Entertainment,” according to DC. Levitz previously reported directly to Warner Bros. Chairman Alan Horn. Levitz, who worked his way from writer to editor to publisher of the company since 2002, will be “called upon for his deep knowledge and more than three-decade history with DC Comics, both as a comic creator and an executive,” the release by DC stated.
Shocking. Considering Levitz had a pretty good grip on the company, it makes me wonder if there arent any other reasons why he stepped down. Least Levitz will be writing Legion of Superheroes on the Adventure Comics title. Guy has some history with those characters, hell, he’s probably one of the best people who has ever written Legion. We’ll see how this measures up to the new “team-up” of Marvel-Disney.