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What the Fox-Time Warner Merger Would Mean for Superheroes

What the Fox-Time Warner Merger Would Mean for Superheroes
Illustration by Steph Davidson

Rupert Murdoch isn’t known to be a comic book reader. But surely he’s aware that if he succeeds in buying Time Warner for $75 billion, he will be a position to disrupt the comic book universe as it never has been before. Years ago, Fox acquired the movie rights to Marvel’s multicharacter X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises. If Murdoch acquires Time Warner, he will also get his hands on DC Comics, the largest trove of superheroes outside of Disney’s Marvel cosmos.

That means Fox Entertainment Group could produce films combining some of Marvel’s most popular characters, such as Wolverine and the Silver Surfer, with DC’s Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. More important, perhaps, Murdoch’s new megastudio could answer some questions that have plagued comic book fans for decades.