He replaces the departing Mike Marts, who was escorted out of the DC offices by security, as is standard, after he announced he was moving back to work at Marvel Comics.
One slight blip is that Mark Doyle, as we previously reported, has told DC Comics that he will not move to Burbank in April 2015 with the rest (or remains) of DC Comics.
Which means that next year, they will have to find someone else. But that’s going to be true of many positions.
Doyle was the editor at DC Comics who was most responsible, I’m told, for bringing Scott Snyder into the company. And with Marts leaving for Marvel, it’s become even more important at DC to keep Snyder happy.
Which, I understand, he is. Job done.
UPDATE: I contacted DC Comics half an hour before publication, but received no response. However, shortly after Bleeding Cool ran the story, Mark was suddenly allowed to tweet:
Extremely excited to confirm I’m the new BATMAN Group Editor. Plus, still knee-deep in Vertigo with AMERICAN VAMPIRE and THE WAKE!
— Mark Doyle (@doyle_dcvertigo) February 11, 2014
The “Rich Twitch” strikes again.
UPDATEx2: Scott Snyder is indeed happy. He writes,
“Thrilled” doesn’t do justice to how thrilled I really am in welcoming @doyle_dcvertigo to Gotham as Batman group editor. Mark is not only responsible for bringing me to DC via American Vampire (of which he’s the editor), but he’s edited the Wake, and some of my favorite books of past few years, from Sweet Tooth and Trillium on. I show him everything I write, from Batman and Superman, and there’s no one I trust more when it comes to story. He is easily one of the best editors I’ve worked with in my life, in comics and print. He’s also a trusted friend, and someone who cares deeply about Gotham and its heroes (and yes, its villains, too).
Bottom line: I loved working under @mikemarts – he brought Gotham to new heights. We have terrific editorial talent in Gotham – @katiekubert, @darrenkshan, @rgluckst… And now with Mark at the helm, I believe – or rather, I KNOW, having heard some of Mark’s plans (and they are daring plans)- that this coming year will be as exciting and fresh as possible for bat-fans. Gotham couldn’t be in better hands for Batman’s 75th!
So get ready to be inspired, and then go give Mark a big Gotham welcome. It’s strangely sunny in Gotham today.