DC works for Warner Brothers, not the other way around. Warner Brothers says jump, DC asks how high. DC has been part of Warner Brothers since 1969 and since Warner Brothers has a movie studio already, DC properties are produced through them. DC is just another department in the huge mess of companies that makes up Time Warner.
Marvel and Disney on the other hand are very new in their partnership. Marvel was an independent studio when they released Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk back in 2008. They were a completely new start-up movie studio that branched directly from the comic book producer, and as such, it was a risky venture because they were placing their entire business model on the popular demand for comic book movies. Disney did not come to own Marvel properties until they bought Marvel a couple years ago, since then Marvel has still maintained their operations independently from the House of Mouse but they have the security of Disney money to pull off their projects while before every movie they attempted was sink or swim for the entire studio.
I hope I'm being clear here. My point is all DC properties are owned by Warner Brothers because Warner Brothers owns DC Comics, DC Comics was never an independent entity like Marvel was, it has always been owned by one corporation or the other. There really isn't a DC like there is a Marvel. They're two very different situations business-wise.
Edited by Tableau, May 11, 2012 @ 12:06 AM.