Rumblings about DC Comics Executive Editor Dan DiDio move beyond comics blogs and message boards this morning as Hollywood gossip columnist Nikki Finke takes up the story:
With Comic-Con fast approaching (July 24-27) and all the Hollywood studios getting ready, I understand that Warner Bros has been nervously monitoring the deteriorating situation at its subsidiary DC Comics. There could be a major shake-up – especially if Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes keeps cleaning house inside the Big Media corp.
The problem isn’t just that, under DiDio’s leadership, fanboys are disappointed with the directions of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and other characters. … But also average sales of the DCU line are down more than 20% from a year ago, and DiDio has lost a big chunk of existing readers in a year while deliberately failing to reach out to new ones.
Much of what Finke writes appears to be culled from the online chatter that we’ve all read, mixed with “[her] own reporting.” But what’s perhaps significant about the post is that Finke, who generally sticks to TV- and movie-industry items, views the welfare of DC Comics to be of critical importance to the well-being of Warner Bros. — and of interest to her audience, which usually reads about box-office tallies, studio and network deals, and behind-the-scenes Hollywood maneuverings.
“With DC Universe so much a part of Warner Bros’ bottom line, getting DC Comics back on track has to be a top priority,” she writes.