The Justice League 3000 thing the other week was pretty bad - announce a comic by a much loved creative team known for producing a light hearted, fun, character-driven JL book (I'd have bought it!); then boot off the artist and re-orient the book to be "grim and gritty". It read like parody of DC's current regime. Disappointed in Giffen's treatment of Maguire there as well, though it does seem to have boosted Maguire's profile a little and I'll pick up his GotG issue - he could be a good match for Bendis who's at his strongest with character pieces.
As for Batwoman I read the first 5 issues or so, found it pretty to look at but a bit tedious to read. Williams' panel layouts and splashes may be well designed but I do find they can be a distraction. It worked on Promethea where the book was largely about getting across ideas (whether you find them interesting or not) but not so much for telling a story.
Given DC's main value at the moment is the IP that is used to generate videogames, TV shows and movies it seems logical that they are moving that part of the company closer to the core business. I am slightly surprised that this hasn't happened sooner. I was expecting a bit of consolidation when they had the last executive level reshuffle.
DC Comics will not exist as a separate division within the next 5 years. It's sadly inevitable at this juncture. All the signs are there.
Indeed not. We called it long ago, once Time Warner got more interested in them and Kahn, Levitz et. al left that was the start. The new 52 was a last gamble at staying a fairly autonomous unit. Given DC's current line is pretty much dominated by Batman/Superman/Justice League/Green Lantern books at the expense of a lot of others we can safely say that it's not really worked.