By Black_Claw 77 Comments
There have been a lot of rumors swirling around why Cartoon Network pulled DC Nation at the last second this past weekend. But one rumor in particular that has caught my interest is the rumor that DC has lost the rights to Static and the rest of the characters originally from Milestone Media, many of whom were created by the late, great, Dwayne Mcduffie.
Four Color Media Moniter reports people from Mcduffie's estate have fought and won the rights of the milestone Characters from DC Comics and there might be further evidence to support this, judging from this quote from Scott Lobdell in an interview asking if Static will join the Teen Titans:
When asked whether there was a chance of seeing Static Shock in "Teen Titans,” Lobdell replied, “Nothing would make me happier.” However, he said "legal issues" prevent the characters from joining the title.
Uh oh. And as I said before, some people are now thinking that this rumor is the reason Young Justice is on hiatus yet again because Icon and Rocket are characters in the show and Static has appeared as a character in the recent Young Justice episode "Before the Dawn" which was released on iTunes after the show was put on hiatus by Cartoon Network without warning.
If this rumor happens to be true then I can't say I'm surprised. DC has barely even tried using any of the Milestone Characters ever since the DC/Milestone merger. And while they have used Static and have given him his famous cartoon series, they haven't treated him that well either. This is especially evident in his new 52 comic which was absolutely terrible. What's even worse is that DC rejected ideas for the comic from John Rozum, who was a close friend of Dwayne Mcduffie, and instead approved of ideas from Scott Mcdaniel. And it's painfully obvious from the comic that Mcdaniel didn't know a thing about the character, leading to a crappy comic that could've been so much more.
If Static and the rest of the Milestone cast are truly leaving the DC universe, I'll personally be sad to see them go, but I'll also be happy once another publishing company picks them up and gives them the respect they rightfully deserve. What are your thoughts on all of this?