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First Look: EARTH 2 ANNUAL #1

In case you haven't heard, there's a new Batman in town. Who could it be?

Back in March, DC revealed that there will be a new Batman appearing on Earth 2. We know Batman died in EARTH 2 #1 so the question is, who is this Batman?

One would think, with comic book logic, that it could simply be the Batman from Earth 2 having escaped death. That's what superheroes do. Only DC has referred to this character as a "new Batman" and "new Caped Crusader." If you've listened to past podcasts when writer James Robinson was on, you know that this is supposed to be someone that will stick around a bit. We'll have to wait for the Annual, on sale May 29.

Today, DC has released a couple pages from the annual. Who do you think it could be? Is it Bruce Wayne? Is it another Earth 2 character or is it someone new?

And just a note, James will not be on the podcast this week.

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Posted by Fhiz

Jean-Paul Valley.

Posted by humanfly26

maybe Damian? it's a way to bring him back without really bringing him back

Posted by FlashDamn

looks cool.I have been wanting to buy earth 2 collection and get started in it but hesitating but this got me hooked.

Posted by Mrgreenlantern

hmm I've been wondering this since it was announced , I'm perplexed as to who it could be

G-man any news on the price of the annuals?

Posted by UltimateSMfan

no James on the podcast??!! NOOOOOOOOO!!!! cant wait till this comes out!

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Aww shucks, no James on the podcast. As for the Batman, gosh, I wanna say Thomas Wayne from the red eyes but I know that can't be. The design makes me wanna scream Earth 2 version of Batman Beyond but that would be just silly. I'm stumped. Truly stumped! :-/

Edited by Gotham331

This has been a very good series.

Posted by kennybaese

@mrgreenlantern said:

hmm I've been wondering this since it was announced , I'm perplexed as to who it could be

G-man any news on the price of the annuals?

They usually run $4.99, I think.

Posted by Mucklefluga

maybe Damian? it's a way to bring him back without really bringing him back

It won't be Damian. When would Talia and Bruce have had sexy time on Earth 2? Especially since he was with Catwoman.

Posted by humanfly26

@humanfly26 said:

maybe Damian? it's a way to bring him back without really bringing him back

It won't be Damian. When would Talia and Bruce have had sexy time on Earth 2? Especially since he was with Catwoman.

he could have been with Talia before he was with Catwoman, thus leading to an adult (or at least older than Huntress) Damian.

Posted by Mucklefluga

@mucklefluga said:

@humanfly26 said:

maybe Damian? it's a way to bring him back without really bringing him back

It won't be Damian. When would Talia and Bruce have had sexy time on Earth 2? Especially since he was with Catwoman.

he could have been with Talia before he was with Catwoman, thus leading to an adult (or at least older than Huntress) Damian.

I don't think it's likely to be honest.

Posted by humanfly26

@mucklefluga: neither do i, its just the best guess i have :-)

Posted by Mini_Bat

@mucklefluga said:

@humanfly26 said:

maybe Damian? it's a way to bring him back without really bringing him back

It won't be Damian. When would Talia and Bruce have had sexy time on Earth 2? Especially since he was with Catwoman.

he could have been with Talia before he was with Catwoman, thus leading to an adult (or at least older than Huntress) Damian.

I really hope not, but some reason I thinking of Tallant Wayne - Ibn al Xu'ffasch looking at this I don't know why.

Posted by sora_thekey

New-52 Nightwing wears a red and black suit...

Earth-2 Dick Grayson?

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Posted by RazzaTazz

Gordon?

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Posted by fables87

I'm 100% positive it's Vicky Vale! You're all wrong.

Posted by Bokkie

Is it Peter Parker ??

Posted by G-Man

@mrgreenlantern said:

hmm I've been wondering this since it was announced , I'm perplexed as to who it could be

G-man any news on the price of the annuals?

They usually run $4.99, I think.

Yes, DC's website says $4.99

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Posted by Sidious

Jason Todd of Earth-2?

Edited by Sakurafire

Jason Todd or Dick Grayson. I'm leaning more toward Jason, since he's way too damn buff to be an acrobat.

Edited by Rich711

It'll be Waynes "half brother", Bane. With Bruce dead he can never do a DNA test to find out otherwise. He's obsession with Batman continues in Earth 2 but instead of proving himself his better by breaking him he proves it by being a better Batman.

The costume is reminiscent of Bane's Secret Six costume and why else would a Batman have such ridiculously big arms?

Posted by DarklyDreamingDeadpool

it's terry mcguinnes. he traveld back in time, changed the universe and heard bruce died. then he tried to open a store specialized in selling used tomatos, fails and finaly becomes batman again, to fight everyone who dislikes tomato and/or tomato related food.

Posted by Mucklefluga

I'm sure it won't be Dick, Jason, Tim or Damian.

Edited by Outside_85

Could be Bibbo, again trying to honor a fallen hero... but with a little more success this time by the looks of it.

Edited by tglass1976

How about John Blake? Would be a good way to get him into the comic book universe.

Posted by Mr. Kamikaze

A young Jim Gordon...or just a random new character.

Posted by adamcrouch

im so ready for this team to really come togethor. issue 12 was pretty great.

Posted by Miss_Garrick

Aw, I thought the point of Earth 2 was a world WITHOUT the main three DC heroes. I was enjoying that! But no, Batman has to stick his bat nose into EVERYTHING! Bummer.

Posted by Sleepbutnodream15

It's Jason Todd. I'm really positive on this one. Geoff Johns had an idea a couple years ago (pre-New 52) to write Jason Todd in as Earth 2's Batman. Obviously, Geoff isn't writing this, but I have a strong feeling that's what they're doing. This Batman is clearly more aggressive in his fighting style (he uses that little gun on his wrist), he wears red, and his Bat-logo is similar to the one Jason uses in Red Hood and the Outlaws.

Posted by ChocolateFrogs

@mucklefluga said:

@humanfly26 said:

maybe Damian? it's a way to bring him back without really bringing him back

It won't be Damian. When would Talia and Bruce have had sexy time on Earth 2? Especially since he was with Catwoman.

he could have been with Talia before he was with Catwoman, thus leading to an adult (or at least older than Huntress) Damian.

Damian doesn't make sense because E2's Batman's offspring is female-Robin (ie E1's Huntress). That's not to say he couldn't have made Damian with Talia, but Damian wouldn't have been trained to be good because Batman had Robin at his side.

Posted by EnSabahNurX

O_O Gahh wish I could buy this book sooner(monthly shipper)

James has been so great on this book and it's nice that this book isn't really tied to any other book so I don't have to worry about crossovers happening every other issue or pointless cameos. Can't wait to see how he writes this batman

Posted by RazzaTazz

I think in most cases though that DC is trying to avoid directly duplicating characters from Earth 1 to Earth 2. I would therefore say that Grayson and Todd are also unlikely.

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Posted by cdrshado

Earth 2 premeire team is the Justice Society and there is no Batman in the JSA. A World is able operate and exist without a Batman. There are so many heroes out there that can be hand to hand specialist. If worst comes to worst, you can throw Helena back to Earth 2 and she could pick up her fathers mantle and Kara could take over the Superman slot.

Posted by Delphic

I'm with the group that's leaning toward it being Jean Paul Valley.

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Posted by Trodorne

New-52 Nightwing wears a red and black suit...

Earth-2 Dick Grayson?

Id say its dick grayson. one thing they played out on earth 2 as well in the old continuity is that Dick Grayson was still a robin and grew up. so who is to say that Dick Grayson in this Earth 2 decided after a few years that "Hey, I think its time for me to take up the mantle since everyone else is gone or dead"

Posted by sora_thekey

@trodorne said:

@sora_thekey said:

New-52 Nightwing wears a red and black suit...

Earth-2 Dick Grayson?

Id say its dick grayson. one thing they played out on earth 2 as well in the old continuity is that Dick Grayson was still a robin and grew up. so who is to say that Dick Grayson in this Earth 2 decided after a few years that "Hey, I think its time for me to take up the mantle since everyone else is gone or dead"

This makes sense to me.

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Posted by TommytheHitman

I'm pretty sure Bruce is still alive. We never actually saw him die.

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Posted by Cavemold

I'm pretty sure Bruce is still alive. We never actually saw him die.

your right........ugh

Posted by FlashDamn

Aw, I thought the point of Earth 2 was a world WITHOUT the main three DC heroes. I was enjoying that! But no, Batman has to stick his bat nose into EVERYTHING! Bummer.

funny as hell

Posted by Lamenoire

Aw, I thought the point of Earth 2 was a world WITHOUT the main three DC heroes. I was enjoying that! But no, Batman has to stick his bat nose into EVERYTHING! Bummer.

if this Batman isn't Bruce Wayne, it would still be a world where the original trinity died. If it turns out to be Dick (which I doubt since Robinson made it clear that a character can't appear on the two universe) or Terry, it would be a different Batman (personality). Grayson has been Batman and it was clearly a different Batman. THe same can be done.
I just hope it isn't Bruce Wayne who somehow survived. the whole point of earth 2 was their sacrifice and a new generation taking over.

I'd love to see Jean-Paul Valley as Batman.
Or an alternate Alfred. This could be fun.

But since Tylerchem bought Waynetech, I wonder how this new Batman will operate (I doubt it will be Rex Tyler under the cowl)

Edited by kid Apollo

it cant seriously be as easy as Dick, Jason, Tim or Damian, can it?

its Earth2! do something random!

the new Batman is LEX LUTHOR! come one people, smug, playboy industrialist with more money then god, and enough free time on his hands to train his body and build a suit for fighting crime... it could also be Tony Stark

Posted by RedQueen

Stephan Brown - naturally.

Posted by AllStarSuperman

I want it to be Dick Grayson, but its either Damian or John Blake.

Posted by csantilli27

@fhiz said:

Jean-Paul Valley.

This

Edited by G-Man

I know it's been said above but James has said several times on the podcast that they will not have the same character in both worlds.

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Posted by theTimeStreamer

yes! keep pilling more and more and more batmans on us dc! we dont have enough of them do we? and put out more books about him.

Edited by Jonny_Anonymous

Just one world, that's all I ask for! Just one world without Batman

Edited by Fuchsia_Nightingale

Batman is Batman.

Edited by R.I.P. Nujabes

Jason Todd

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