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– by David Kozlowski

Remember how we all panicked when Disney bought Marvel for $4 billion way back in 2009? The ‘Disnification’ of these beloved properties was a real concern for a lot of fans, according to the Washington Post. Comments like this appeared all across the Internet, “Will the Wicked Witch from Snow White team with Doctor Doom to rule the world?” That sort of thing.

Well, things didn’t turn out too bad after all, did they? Marvel is now a multi-billion-dollar, multimedia powerhouse that’s pumping out dozens of superhero comics, TV shows, video games, and movies each year. (And they keep getting better!) But what would happen if DC came up on the sales block? Um, what?!?

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While covering Joss Whedon’s departure from DC’s Batgirl project, TheWrap learned that DC Films had no intention of developing this movie until each of the core Justice League heroes had their own films — so movies like Batgirl and Nightwing are probably five years out, best case. That’s newsworthy. But wait, there’s more!

One of TheWrap‘s sources related a truly crazy scenario. If the troubled $85 billion Time-Warner/AT&T merger should fail, the knock-on effect could result in Warner Bros., HBO, Turner, and DC Comics each being sold off separately. Let that sink in for a moment. It’s nuts, right? Imagine the feeding frenzy that would ensue if even one of these properties — much less all of them — suddenly came up for sale.

You could see any number of companies bidding for the rights to own Game of Thrones, Batman, or CNN. People lost their minds when Comcast bought NBC Universal, now imagine Netflix, Amazon, Twitter, or Facebook battling over WB and DC Comics. Sure, this all sounds crazy, but these days just about anything is possible.

Given the Department of Justice’s position on the Time-Warner/AT&T merger, is it more or less likely this deal crumbles? If the latter, everything’s on the table because Time-Warner has the assets, needs cash, and there are plenty of potential buyers out there. Get ready, this might be more real than we think.

What do you think happens to DC Films if the Time-Warner/AT&T merger fails? Let us know in the comments down below!

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SOURCE: ScreenRant, TheWrap, CNN, WaPo

David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.