DC Comics and DC Universe were hit by major layoffs. This could spell the end of DC Universe as we know it.
While most of their content is replicated at HBO Max, the Comic book content is theirs alone and I’d hate to see it go.
Monday’s WarnerMedia layoffs have affected a significant number of high-level figures at comic book powerhouse DC, multiple sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.
Among those said to be losing their positions are editor-in-chief Bob Harris, senior VP of publishing strategy and support services Hank Kanalz, VP of marketing and creative services Jonah Weiland, VP global publishing initiatives and digital strategy Bobbie Chase, senior story editor Brian Cunningham, and executive editor Mark Doyle, who oversaw the rollout of the Black Label graphic novels. Jim Lee remains the CCO.
Roughly one third of DC’s editorial ranks are being laid off, according to sources.
Insiders also say the majority of the staff of the streaming service DC Universe has been laid off, a move that had been widely expected as WarnerMedia shifts its focus to new streaming service HBO Max.
“DC Universe was DOA as soon as the AT&T merger happened,” said one source.
So there you have it. What is the future of DC? DC Comics and DC Online are both affected. I can’t imagine destroying DC Universe completely, Marvel’s own online comic service seems to do ok.
The streaming frontier is interesting and who will emerge as the big “3” or “6” or whatever the number will shake out being will be anyone’s guess. The internet started out this way and while there still are thousands of websites out there, it was Facebook, Google, Youtube, Amazon, and Twitter that grabs the bulk of traffic.
Course maybe it also has something to do with the same reason Marvel Comics is going down the drain. They are getting woke. Case in point, this Wonder Woman 1984 Variant Cover:
I mean, what are they doing? This is the kind of garbage that really makes me crossed eyed. The good news — rumor mind you — is Andy Khouri and SJW gamer gate hag Zoe Quinn were among the casualties. Both of these people were absolute cancer. Up to 30% of the DC Editorial staff were shit-canned.
It looks also like the layoffs aren’t just at the DC division but all across Warner Media. They plan to focus heavily on HBO Max as it takes on Amazon and Netflix. Given Amazon won’t put them on their Firestick, we may have some Anti-trust lawsuits happening.
What will it be with streaming services? Who will emerge from the Streaming Wars long term? Discuss below! Got any dark horses?