The good news (he said, trying to veer back on-topic) is that this means I don't think the DTV will have many real obstacles to overcome, at least in theory, to pull in fans of both the comic books and the TV show. That makes at least the initial sale easier, at least.
The most I can offer in explanation is that DC is very conscious of the value of their franchise icons, and that if they are acting in a particular way, it's because they believe that the path of action they are taking are actually in the best interests of the characters and their long-term longevity. This means that creator wishes must be often be subsumed for other fundamentally non-creative reasons, and no creator working today will (or should) take an assignment on a major DC or Marvel book without knowing that ahead of time. Dwayne McDuffie, b.t., and others working on the shows have said so on many occasions, and we've seen it at work more than a few times.Nothing is ever seen through in a satisfying way. If DC so values it's characters, why doesn't it just have two tiers of books - the independant monthly titles, and the DC tie-in titles?
Frustrating, I know, but fundamentally they're not our toys or any individual creators' toys, and that really changes the rules quite a bit from the norm. This is why the Siegel/Shuster Superman copyright thing takes so long to understand. However, listening to them at cons and chatting with them when I can reveals that all these guys are still fans as well as businessmen. Considering how many ways fans can disagree on the Internet, it really shouldn't be surprising that different people can have diametrically opposite story paths in mind, while both being completely convinced that theirs is the best way.
Yes, I'm being sarcastic, although not as much as I'd like to be. WW is the diplomat of DC's "big three," and the fact is that diplomats have not been getting much positive press of late. Part of this is due to their own ineffectualness and part of this is due to entrenched interests believing that they gain more from war than from peace, but whatever mix you choose for assigning blame, I believe the end result is more people today who believe that they can gain more through force and coercion than through dialog and compromise. I do think you need both. Blending them right is the hard part.I'm a little sleepy, so I had to reread that twice or three times. You're being sarcastic right?
In a sense, that mix of honeyed words and force is also why WW is both warrior and diplomat, and IMO should be the core of her character and why she is separate from Superman and Batman. If the DTV can manage to achieve that (something I don't think JLU managed until very late in the season and New Frontier just didn't have time to develop properly), it'll already be ahead of the game as far as I'm concerned.