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Scholastic Alum to be DC President?

Apparently unlikely...

Almost half a year’s passed since the creation of DC Entertainment, but audiences haven’t seen too much in the way of concrete answers so far. 
 
Instead, there’s been a handful of lingering questions, and one of the biggest concerns Paul Levitz’s exit as DC’s president and publisher.

 Paul Levitz.

 Dan Didio

Will the consolidation of DC’s brand mean that Executive Editor Dan Didio shall report directly Diane Nelson, the president of the newly-created DC Ent? 
 
Or will Didio take Levitz’ vacant place? 
 
Or will it be another outsider to the comics world, a businessperson who already has a track record in another industry, similar to Nelson's time with the WB’s Global Brand Management?

The last possibility certainly seems plausible.   Following it, the rumors of Barbara Marcus taking the position would seem especially plausible. 

 
She distinguished herself at the children’s book giant Scholastic and arranged the licensing partnership with Warner Bros. that eventually led to that HARRY POTTER series of book-based movies you might’ve heard of. Given that much of Nelson’s success revolves around the dollars those films have earned for the WB, I don’t think it’d be too much of stretch to suggest Marcus is in her Rolodex -- that she might even be one of the first names Nelson might suggest to fill the vacancy left by Levitz.

Plausible but, apparently, unsubstantiated.   At least, according to Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood, who say so in no vague terms…

I'm assured there is no truth to the Internet rumors circulating that Barbara Marcus will be the next publisher of DC Comics.

POOF!

That’s the sound of that rumor bubble popping. Although, who knows, it might still prove true.  Regardless, the question of who will be the next president, or if, indeed, there will be one, endures.   So, I don’t know, savy Comic Vine community… if Marcus is out of the running, how do you think this corporate “ Battle for the Cowl” will play out?

-- Tom Pinchuk is the writer of UNIMAGINABLE for Arcana Comics and HYBRID BASTARDS! for Archaia Comics.   Watch out for the HYBRID BASTARDS! hardcover collection this March - - available for pre-order now on Amazon.com.

9 Comments
Posted by NightFang

If Barbara Marcus is not taking over then I will.

Posted by Dane

give it to Rob Liefeld, he sounds legit.

Posted by mclovin
@Dane: Hahaha. If that happens, the next Crisis will probably be something like Crisis of Feetless characters...
Posted by greenlantern47

Or Crisis on Multiple Pouches.

Posted by The Sharp Dressed Lady

Maybe it's time they should give Dan Didio a shot at it? 
 
If anyone understands the present and near-future of DC, and the prospective far future, then he might fill the bill.

Posted by Illyana Rasputin

Give me a shot!

Posted by bingbangboom

DC needs someone to not only make it a successful comic book company but an entertainment powerhouse for TV, Movies, Online and Videogames including all additional avenues that can help. While many people may enjoy what they are doing comic book wise, the truth is they need to push into the mainstream in more ways to keep people coming back and the best way are their movies. While The Dark Knight is one of the best movies, to me ever, they have not taken advantage of their vast back catalog of characters and stories. 
 
Marvel has done a much better job of that and I wouldn't be suprised if Image pushes more in that area. Best thing might actually be picking someone from Marvel that has seen how that process works. Don't know whom, but they have a very talented edit staff and might be the best thing to do vs. getting so many people that are unfamilar with comicbooks which if they got the person from Scolastic, would be the case.

Posted by LP
@bingbangboom said:
" DC needs someone to not only make it a successful comic book company but an entertainment powerhouse for TV, Movies, Online and Videogames including all additional avenues that can help. While many people may enjoy what they are doing comic book wise, the truth is they need to push into the mainstream in more ways to keep people coming back and the best way are their movies. While The Dark Knight is one of the best movies, to me ever, they have not taken advantage of their vast back catalog of characters and stories.  Marvel has done a much better job of that and I wouldn't be suprised if Image pushes more in that area. Best thing might actually be picking someone from Marvel that has seen how that process works. Don't know whom, but they have a very talented edit staff and might be the best thing to do vs. getting so many people that are unfamilar with comicbooks which if they got the person from Scolastic, would be the case. "
I agree 100% with you bing, they've got so many awesome characters there's no reason they should be kept away from the mainstream media like that.
Posted by dr.x
@NightFang:
Hey stand in line  I was next LOL