The holidays are upon us and another year is in the books. But before we move on to the excitement of next year, we wanted to take some time to look back at 2015 and to reminisce about a few of the great things it brought to the world of DC Entertainment. Whether it was a remarkable development inside one of our comics, a cool, game-changing twist that played out on the screen, or a real-life change that will impact the comics, movies, TV shows, toys and games that you’ll be seeing from us in the future, this year had no shortage of moments that stood out. However, some resonated more than others. Some really stood out. These are DCComics.com’s “Ten Moments that Mattered” for 2015.
It’s the end of an era.
That may be an overused phrase in today’s world of endless news and announcements, but few would argue that it’s fitting when used to describe the transition that DC Entertainment went through in 2015. While the industry first got word that DC would be closing their New York office and moving the entire company to California in 2013 (we even shot a DC All Access clip about it), for the majority of DC employees, the move didn’t take place until last spring.
And what went into that move? Boxing up generations of archives, comics and material used in creating comics dating back to the Golden Age and carefully shipping it across the country. Moving out dozens of employees and their families. Expanding DC’s existing office in Burbank so that it’s now nearly three times its former size. Assembling a publishing plan that ensured new DC comic books would still be hitting the stands through all of this. In short, it was an effort worthy of Superman, Green Lantern and the Flash combined…but accomplished by the tireless achievements of men and women without superpowers who had to coordinate all of this while also staying on top of their regular jobs.
But what does the move mean for DC and the industry at large? Why does it matter? Well, it comes back to what we were saying about this being an end of an era. It has to do with DC’s legacy. There was a lot of great comic book history at 1700 Broadway. It was there that Barry Allen and Hal Jordan helped give birth to the Silver Age, DC editorial let fans choose whether Jason Todd’s Robin would live or die, Mike Carlin and his team of creators wondered what the world would be like after the death of Superman and Frank Miller first pitched the idea of an older Batman coming out of retirement. It was the birthplace of the DC Multiverse and Wolfman and Perez’s Crisis on Infinite Earths. Of Karen Berger’s Vertigo, and along with it, Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman and Bill Willingham’s Fables. Among comic book fans, DC’s New York office is the stuff of legend, but even legends have to end.
The thing about endings, though, is that they’re not always a bad thing. When one thing ends, another begins, and so we have seen with DC. In June, DC released their first comics to come out of the new office, a broader, more diverse slate of books. The Vertigo flame was reignited with twelve brand new comics and several high-profile, attention grabbing miniseries such as Dark Knight III: The Master Race and Max Landis’s Superman: American Alien have been released to critical acclaim. It’ll take time to be able to truly assess how the world views these new comics and they’re really just the very beginning, but it’s clear we’re witnessing the start of something new, different and exciting.
Will things around DC ever be quite the same? No, that would be impossible. But with the move now in the past and an exciting new slate of films, TV and comics to look forward to, DC isn’t just celebrating a new year. It’s a new age.