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Rupert Murdoch’s Arrival at Comic-Con In Superman Costume Drives Fox-Warner Bros. Merger Rumors

by Andy Marx & Will McArdle

Rumors of a potential merger between 21st Century Fox and Warner Bros. flared up again after Fox mogul Rupert Murdoch arrived at the opening day of the 45th annual Comic-Con festival in San Diego dressed in a Superman costume, one of Warner Bros.’ biggest franchise characters. The 83-year-old billionaire adamantly denied his costume choice had anything to do with the progress of the blockbuster merger talks and was simply his way of expressing his love for his favorite superhero character.

“Although my company made the ‘X-Men’ films, personally I’ve always been more of a DC guy,” Murdoch told Hollywood & Swine. “Clark Kent and I have a lot in common. We both got our start in the newspaper business and although we look like normal men, we’re actually far superior. The only real difference between Superman and me is that his Kryptonite is a green rock and mine is illegal phone hacking.”

Murdoch furthered speculation of an impending merger between Fox and Warner Bros. when he entered an empty auditorium for the panel of Warner Bros.’ upcoming sci-fi epic, “Jupiter Ascending,” hosted by the film’s directors Lana and Andy Wachowski.

“That old man in the Superman costume kept asking us how many millions do we think our film is going to lose the studio and if it’s too late to burn all the footage to collect the insurance money,” Lana Wachowski said. “He also thanked us for all the money we’ve cost Warner Bros. with ‘Speed Racer’ and ‘Cloud Atlas’ which helped make Time Warner financially vulnerable enough for a massive takeover.”