Putting Out a Fire: Is Warner Selling DC to Marvel?

As AT&T’s attempt to acquire Warner grinds along, there are a great many rumors in the air, some going back as far as 2016, about the Warner monolith possibly being broken up and sold off in pieces, or some other massive restructuring for a variety of reasons. Those rumors got another boost this week, fueling endless speculation and fanboy conspiracy theories. Variations on the question “Is Warner selling DC to Marvel” have been popping up on Quora and Reddit for a few days now. So it seems like it’s up to us to clear up a few misconceptions.

Shazam! and Why Marvel is Beating DC

I finally got around to watching Shazam! this week. Despite having been a fan of Captain Marvel since his revival in 1973, and despite liking Zachary Levi in most of the things I’ve seen him in, I wasn’t really eager to see the film version. This is mostly because DC has had no clue how to handle the character for decades. My worst fears about the film were realized.

More Missing the Point

Recently “Le Messor” had a post here about “Things Geeks Aren’t Supposed to Think,” which included comments on Watchmen; in the comments section, somebody remarked, “I think people really took the wrong lesson from Watchmen.” That got my brain going in a bit of a different direction from what they intended, and the comment I began to draft in response quickly revealed that it wanted to be a post. So here we are. Following in the wake of Greg Hatcher’s dissection of points missed in media, I find myself adding to his list.