Report: DC Comics refocusing on less risky, 'meat and potatoes' comic stories

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Aug 28, 2015, 7:52 PM EDT (Updated)

Both Marvel and DC have been enjoying a creative renaissance as of late, with characters like Ms. Marvel, Hawkeye, Batgirl and Harley Quinn leading the charge. But, now it sounds like one of the Big Two is changing course for safer waters.

According to a report at Bleeding Cool, which cites “a number of senior sources” at DC Comics, the publisher is eyeing a more conservative editorial direction that will bring characters and storylines back to a more recognizable status quo. Per the report, DC’s editorial department has apparently been told to “stop Batgirling” and refocus on “meat and potatoes” comic stories. The move comes as the company’s revenue was around $2 million less than projected.

Put in simpler terms: DC hopes that  keeping stories and comics in their most recognizable forms (and more uniform with the upcoming film adaptations), they’ll make more money. For readers, that means less quirky, outside-the-box ideas, and more Batman vs. Joker and Superman rocking his tights and cape. Which, depending on what types of comics you prefer, could be good or bad news.

Admittedly, there is some risk involved with pursuing unique concepts on the page. The new-look Batgirl wasn’t a safe bet, but it’s become one of DC’s biggest hits and brought a ton of great critical attention. But, every comic ain’t Batgirl. This also certainly means Jim Gordon will be handing the cape and cowl back to Bruce Wayne very soon, and Superman will be back in his usual gear. 

Ironically, the report notes DC’s creative hits that came out of “Batgirling” (i.e. Batgirl and Harley Quinn) should be immune from the refocusing, assuming sales numbers remain solid. Here’s hoping Grayson also gets a reprieve. That comic is a ton of fun. Fingers crossed.

If DC can take a conservative approach to the refocus, here’s hoping they can find that sweet spot between “meat and potatoes,” and the unique stories that can still catch fire. What do you think? Is DC making the right move?

(Via Bleeding Cool)

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