C2E2 ’14: Batman 75th Anniversary Panel Recap

Find out what’s ahead for The Caped Crusader in the near future after the jump.
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Batman writer Scott Snyder, Batman Eternal’s Jason Fabok, Dustin Nguyen, James Tynion IV along with the Batman And Robin creative team Peter Tomasi and Pat Gleason all gathered at C2E2 to discuss the Dark Knight.

First, Scott Snyder showed off a page (shown below) depicting Batman fighting a lion from Batman #31.
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“This arc is meant to be fun and over the top” said Snyder. Continuing, “This story is very personal to me. Batman turning tragedy into what he’s done here is amazing and inspiring. This reveals how hard it was, the struggle for him dealing with his parents’ death and what he was going to do… everyone has their dark moments, and this arc has a big revelation about that for young Bruce Wayne. I’m very proud of what we’ve done.”

Concerning the Batman Eternal weekly series, Tynion revealed, “Scott and I sat down and figured out ‘what would be the priorities here?’” Snyder was skeptical. “They came to us and asked if we wanted to do a weekly, and we first said ‘we don’t want to do a weekly!’” They agreed to “reshape Gotham for the 75th anniversary” and “change the entire dynamic of Gotham City all at once,” Tynion teased. “This is already huge for everything with Batman, but it’s barely the beginning.” The panel did say that the flash-forward in Batman #28 would re-emerge in Batman Eternal #35 and that Catwoman’s journey is a vital part of the overall story.

Fabok, who began illustrating the series in October in order to go “all out for these first issues. That added some extra time to draw these crazy, crazy scenes these guys wanted. I’d go ‘Why are you making me draw this?’ but when you’d send your pages in and watch your editors freak out, it was all worth it.” He also advised that the next few issues will serve as a set up for recurring themes and storylines.

Tomasi and Gleason touched upon the recently announced Robin Rises one-shot hitting the stands in July.
The team confirmed that it is the conclusion of the Hunt For Robin storyarc running in Batman And …. However, “It’s actually not the ending where any Robin comes back. It’s the beginning of a story where Robin will come back,”
Damian Wayne fans should take note that Robin Rises: Omega will lead into another one-shot, Robin Rises: Alpha, which hits the stands in December. “We put Batman through paces he hasn’t been through before,” …. “In the New 52, you want to break some characters to humanize them. He can’t be the expert detective all the time.”

Snyder chimed in again and told an excited crowd that The Joker will definitely be back and in a big way. He said he always saw his Death Of A Family story as a two-parter. Fans already found out what happens when The Joker “loves” the Batman and soon we’ll see what happens when The Clown Prince Of Crime releases his hatred towards him. We just have to be patient and Snyder promises that The Joker will be even scarier than ever before. Also, Bluebird who was introduced in Batman #28 will get the spotlight in either a one-shot or a mini-series.

Finally, there was some brief discussion about Batman ’66 Meets The Green Hornet.
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“It’s note perfect. It absolutely feels like it could have been on the TV show,” said DC’s Jim Chadwick. Nguyen also spoke of his adoration for Batman, “You’ve got to love the character. My samples when I tried out at DC were Batman samples, so that tells you how I feel about him.”

And when the panel was asked what is their favorite incarnation of the character, Snyder, Gleason, Tynion, and Nguyen unanimously said Batman: The Animated Series. “When I’m writing Batman, I hear Kevin Conroy’s voice,” Tynion said.

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