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SDCC 2014: DC: Champions of Justice Panel

See what the future has in store for DC's biggest characters.

It may be Batman's 75th anniversary, but the Dark Knight isn't hogging all of the spotlight and DC Comics definitely isn't forgetting about its other iconic heroes. It was a crowded stage as David Finch, Meredith Finch, Van Jensen, Geoff Johns, Charles Soule, Robert Venditti, John Cunningham, and Nicola Scott joined the panel to discuss what's coming up in their books.

  • JUSTICE LEAGUE #32 cover shown first. Has Luthor holding Batman's belt and cowl.
  • Geoff Johns says the core of FOREVER EVIL was to create a very personal story for Luthor.
  • Big focus on a cat and mouse relationship between Lex and Bruce in JUSTICE LEAGUE. Wayne will try to infiltrate LexCorp.
  • Shown a few pages of Doom Patrol appearing in the book as well as Element Woman.
  • John calls Doom Patrol very wounded people and the Chief has made them worse. Shown an image of them squaring off with Power Ring.
  • Johns says he read every New 52 Superman comic before working with the character to see what he's been through. Adds he wanted to bring back the Daily Planet in a big way and says there's a strong focus on Jimmy Olsen coming. Also says the heart of Superman is Clark Kent and what the people around him mean to him.
  • Finch says she's very fortunate to take over after Azzarello did such an amazing job of showing who Wonder Woman and her supporting cast are. Says the Amazons can't go neglected and they'll be a key piece in the first arc. Says she'll bring back an old villain but imagined in a totally different way. Excited to reimagine her and says it'll shock.
  • Shown some pencil pages of WONDER WOMAN and she's interacting with the Justice League (Batman, Cyborg,Superman, Aquaman). Shown another page that focuses on Swamp Thing.Another page is revealed -- a double-page spread -- of Diana kicking Swamp Thing in the face.
  • Soule says SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN is fun because in incorporates characters from both worlds. Explains the physical conflict gives him a chance to illuminate the characters and humanize them with little moments. Adds that the Doomed story just gets bigger and bigger and bigger.
  • Venditti says a big focus going into THE FLASH was showing how FOREVER EVIL impacted the city.
  • Venditti says THE FLASH has a great cast and they're trying to have as much fun as they can.
  • Venditti says he wanted to show Hal become more of a strategist in GREEN LANTERN. Says next story will show how far he can evolve in that regard and how it impacts his character. Adds the book is a lot of fun and "a lot of big stories coming down the line."
  • GREEN LANTERN #34 is Jon Stewart's hunt for the real Fatality. Joked it's a relief to write because it has a smaller cast.
  • Regarding RED LANTERNS, Soule thanked Johns for all of the worldbuilding he did with the GL mythos.
  • Johns thanks Soule for not killing Dex-Starr. Soul replies he loves Dex-Starr and the character's safe and not going anywhere.
  • Soule states the upcoming RED LANTERNS annual has everything coming to a head.
  • Soule says he wants to continue to explore Swamp Thing being "new to his job." Adds he's incredibly powerful but trusting and more people will try to take advantage of that. "Being able to add to the Swamp Thing mythology is a huge thrill for me."
  • Upcoming SWAMP THING story is about technology trying to find an avatar of its own. "It's going to be really fun."
  • Scott states Tom Taylor's doing a great job juggling Earth 2's cast and building up for more. Adds its great to be in their own continuity so they can create all kinds of havoc. Joked that a fan told her EARTH 2 is like Game of Thrones because you never know who will die.
  • Question: Marvel has had success promoting diverse heroes, but DC seems like they're not pushing them as hard. Answer: Johns says it's something they talk about every day, cites examples of characters and says they're proud about the characters they're pushing. Panel pointed out there's a difference between heavy publicity versus what's actually going on in the panels.
  • Question: how's the collaboration between Meredith and David on WONDER WOMAN? Answer: she plots and then David reads it and they discuss. Explains that living in the same house allows for better communication and gives them an advantage.
  • Johns says the care the Finchs are putting into WONDER WOMAN is so wonderful and they're putting everything they have into it.
  • Question: will we see The Flash TV series influence the comic? Answer: there's one connection going on right now in the comic that'll eventually appear in the show.
  • Johns: "One of the goals we have is to celebrate the DC universe in every medium we have."
  • Question: will we see any Red Lanterns in EARTH 2? Answer: the weekly is the opportunity to pick up a lot of loose threads. Presuming that's where it'll pop up.
  • Question: will we continue to see more humanizing elements with Cyborg? Answer: Johns says Cyborg and Shazam will bond and develop a stronger friendship. Batson's maturity drags him down and they kind of get in trouble because of it. Aside from Batman and Lex Luthor, they'll be the biggest characters in JUSTICE LEAGUE.
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Posted by Saren

  • JUSTICE LEAGUE #32 cover revealed. Shows Luthor holding Batman's belt and cowl.

Pretty sure that was revealed months ago.

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Posted by patrat18

Well damn.

Posted by ShadowSwordmaster

I like the Swamp Thing news here.

Posted by Saint_Wildcard

It's probably just blind optimism but I heard that Clark and Diana are still dating in the Futures End story line, so that's 5 more years.... well in their universe who know how long that is in our years

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@jonny_anonymous said:

@saint_wildcard: Clark isn't in it

Well that's what I took from this statement

"There's a lot of great stuff coming up in the book. The DOOMED storyline continues through August and gets bigger and bigger with many worlds at stake. The Futures End issues in September, I was lucky to write Wonder Woman FE and Superman/WW FE, which is a one-two punch story telling what their relationship does in five years."

But like I said, blind optimism

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Posted by k4tzm4n

@saren said:

  • JUSTICE LEAGUE #32 cover revealed. Shows Luthor holding Batman's belt and cowl.

Pretty sure that was revealed months ago.

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Edited by entropy_aegis

Yeah Johns we get it Luthor>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Batman.

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Yeah Johns we get it Luthor>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Batman.

Well it's true

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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@jonny_anonymous said:

@saint_wildcard: Clark isn't in it

Well that's what I took from this statement

"There's a lot of great stuff coming up in the book. The DOOMED storyline continues through August and gets bigger and bigger with many worlds at stake. The Futures End issues in September, I was lucky to write Wonder Woman FE and Superman/WW FE, which is a one-two punch story telling what their relationship does in five years."

But like I said, blind optimism

Well he's not currently appearing in the book, instead it's some masked Superman

Posted by Superguy1591

Someone should ask Soule that if Superman/Wonder Woman is supposed to be the "fun" elements of both characters, why is it that his Superman is such a wet blanket?

Can he have some fun in that book? Between Soule's Debbie Downer Superman and the way the way the artist draws Superman angry all the time, I find their Superman an annoyance.

Posted by longbowhunter

Look forward to the upcoming Swamp Thing arc.

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Posted by Perfect 10

"Says the Amazons can't no neglected" the english language wept deeply today.

im a visual person so not reading all, a lot of luthor and batman going on (not interested) and i know all about wonder woman of course so....movie/tv news? like a justice league (really want a wonder woman but lets live in reality for a sec) animated series? i think its time. young justice may not have panned out but justice league can and has

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@perfect_10 said:

"Says the Amazons can't no neglected" the english language wept deeply today.

im a visual person so not reading all, a lot of luthor and batman going on (not interested) and i know all about wonder woman of course so....movie/tv news? like a justice league (really want a wonder woman but lets live in reality for a sec) animated series? i think its time. young justice may not have panned out but justice league can and has

I'll read that as "Hey, thanks for covering this panel and posting the coverage mere minutes after it concluded. I understand there may be a small typo or two since you don't have time to give it a proper proofread as you rush from panel to panel. If so, I'll be sure to politely point them out. Thanks again!"

Well, you're very welcome!

Posted by Superguy1591

@perfect_10: pretty sure it was "go" that Katzman accidentally spelt "no".

Posted by johnqestion

Someone should ask Soule that if Superman/Wonder Woman is supposed to be the "fun" elements of both characters, why is it that his Superman is such a wet blanket?

Can he have some fun in that book? Between Soule's Debbie Downer Superman and the way the way the artist draws Superman angry all the time, I find their Superman an annoyance.

First and foremost you should have addressed this to Perez and Lobdell who had Clark walking around with his shoulders slumped and looking mopey because Lois won't look at him. Second don't begin to diss Tony Daniel's Superman. And thirdly why are you reading a book you find an annoyance? Or are you one of those who don't buy a title but can't wait to diss it every moment you get?

Posted by SoA

  • Upcoming SWAMP THING story is about technology trying to find an avatar of its own. "It's going to be really fun."

ooooooooooooooh

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Question: Marvel has had success promoting diverse heroes,but DC seems like they're not pushing them as hard.

Answer; Johns says it's something they talk about every day, cites examples of characters and says they're proud about the characters they're pushing. Panel pointed out there's a difference between heavy publicity versus what's actually going on in the panels.

oh rlly?

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Posted by entropy_aegis

Question: Marvel has had success promoting diverse heroes,but DC seems like they're not pushing them as hard.

Answer; Johns says it's something they talk about every day, cites examples of characters and says they're proud about the characters they're pushing. Panel pointed out there's a difference between heavy publicity versus what's actually going on in the panels.

oh rlly?

LOL.

Posted by Pokeysteve

says there's a strong focus on Jimmy Olsen coming.

I don't really like Jimmy and one of the things I like about the New 52 so far is that he's been scarce.

  • Question: will we see The Flash TV series influence the comic? Answer: there's one connection going on right now in the comic that'll eventually appear in the show.

Wally or Patty!

Says the Amazons can't go neglected and they'll be a key piece in the first arc. Says she'll bring back an old villain but imagined in a totally different way. Excited to reimagine her and says it'll shock.

Silver Swan? Devastation? Dr. Poison? CIRCE!!!

Posted by Fallschirmjager

Question: Marvel has had success promoting diverse heroes,but DC seems like they're not pushing them as hard.

Answer; Johns says it's something they talk about every day, cites examples of characters and says they're proud about the characters they're pushing. Panel pointed out there's a difference between heavy publicity versus what's actually going on in the panels.

oh rlly?

Posted by Superguy1591

@johnqestion: they're my favorite DC characters, I wished Soule would write a Superman that's actually enjoyable, but he's so lame. And no, I won't blame Lobdell and Perez, no one told him to write Superman like that. Pak's Superman wasn't a whiny biatch pre-Doomed.

Posted by Superguy1591

@entropy_aegis: all sarcastic comments have a kernel of truth to them.

Posted by SanoHibiki

Well, good luck to Johns with his Superman’s run; same goes to Soule with SM/WW. Speaking about Wonder Woman, I’m really curios what Finch going to bring in her book. I like Azzarello’s run, no two minds about it, but with time it gotten tedious to read and read about Diana’s relatives from paternal line; Amazons and other world were neglected for way too long.

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@k4tzm4n: im just miss understood. its cool, 99% of people dont get my sense of humor. p.s. didnt know you were typing live and sending it away without proof reading or editing. my bad for giving so much respect for this site as super professional but wont happen again. let the mistakes role!!!!!!

Posted by sagejonathan

Unlike a lot of people, I like what Venditti has been doing on GL. One of those things being, what he said. Making Hal more of a strategist, makes the character a lot cooler and more interesting imo. Although I would love it if they could stop all the crossovers.

Posted by mak13131313

Unlike a lot of people, I like what Venditti has been doing on GL. One of those things being, what he said. Making Hal more of a strategist, makes the character a lot cooler and more interesting imo. Although I would love it if they could stop all the crossovers.

Completely agree with you!

Posted by IDontLikeBirds

  • Question: will we see any Red Lanterns in EARTH 2? Answer: the weekly is the opportunity to pick up a lot of loose threads. Presuming that's where it'll pop up.

Finally. They referenced that way back in the beginning of the series, then dropped it when they switched writers and put all the focus on Superman.

Posted by Squalleon

I am very intrigued about Swamp Thing and the tech avatar.

Nice to see Johns' dedication on Supes. Having to go through some of Superman's New 52 stuff is a labor on its own.

Posted by MaccyD

Nice to see that Swamp Thing is being considered fairly highly in the DCU.