SDCC 2013: BATMAN: ZERO YEAR Panel

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What would San Diego Comic-Con be without a Batman panel? This morning, Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Danny Miki and Mike Marts took to the stage in Room 6DE to chat about Batman's latest big story, Zero Year.

  • Snyder says Year One is a masterpiece and one of his favorite pieces of literature. Says Year One exists as the perfect masterpiece and didn't want to touch it. Wanted to deliver something new and personal instead. "Here's the origin the best way we can tell it."
  • Says the Red Hood gang represents the fears New York faces today instead of the ones they faced during Year One's era.
  • Scott says he wants to address why Batman loves Gotham despite his parents dying there. Says he loves it because he can go there and be anybody he wants to be -- he goes there to become the hero he wanted to be. "Gotham tests you like no other city. He loves it because it's the greatest antagonist in the world."
  • Says Batman's mastery of so many things inspires others to reach their goals -- he's a symbol of inspiration.
  • "You come to a book that's gloomy and horrifying all the time because it creates the greatest heroes."
  • Scott thanks to the audience numerous times -- says we're their Gotham and is super humble.
  • Scott says he tries to be subtle with the symbolism in most stories, but with this one he really wanted to take the base notes that's beneath the surface and put them on top.
  • The idea behind using Riddler is to have a character who can see what's coming and force Batman to catch up and step up. Otherwise, the city's gone. Says he knew Riddler was the villain he wanted to use from the beginning.
  • Jokes that Riddler isn't used often because riddles are very hard to write.
  • Revealed Scott will put his own take on Bruce falling as a kid and the bat coming through the window. Implies opinions will be obviously be divided and Capullo says, "you'll love it!"
  • Capullo says this isn't Year One -- needs to be judged on its own merits.
  • Capullo says this version is not bleak -- it's young and energetic.
  • Capullo equated the bright coloring to a light show that'll blow your hair off.
  • Capullo says everything he reads from Snyder is fantastic stuff. Says we haven't seen the best of Scott yet. Claims Zero Year is a very, very important story and Scott is super careful about everything he's putting into it. Says by the time they hit the last issue we'll see a new Scott Snyder emerge and we'll be amazed -- it'll be a meteoric rise.
  • Capullo says it should spark passion and is confident a majority will dig it. Says we haven't seen the best of Danny Miki yet.
  • Capullo states illustrating a younger, wilder Bruce is nothing but a fun ride. Says there's lots of great violence. Jokes that "the only thing missing is some sex, but they'll get there eventually." Snyder jokes that Gotham is Bruce's true love.
  • Teases that seeing Bruce in the cowl and the Batmobile will be a great moment.
  • "We've got a Batmobile that is totally different than any other Batmobile." Says it'll be nothing like all of the other stuff we've seen.
  • Snyder says this is Batman like we've never seen him. Wants us to open it and say, "I've never seen Batman like that. That is badass."

  • The cover for 23 (seen above) is to tease Batman putting on the suit.
  • Snyder says their colorist is the unsung hero, says he's an essential part of the team.
  • Revealed a page of 23. Shows Bruce's dad looking down the hole he fell in and another panel is a close up of a lock on a gate. There's a trail of blood behind the panels on the page.
  • Next page shows Bruce shielding himself from an explosion -- gorgeous coloring -- and a hand helping him up.
  • Following page reveals it's the Red Hood Gang helping him up. Bruce spits directly on his helmet.
  • Next page jumps between Bruce getting beat up and the lock previously seen being smashed open with a rock. 9 panels in total concluding with the lock breaking and a vivid panel of Bruce's blood flying.
  • Shows another page of Bruce battered and reflecting in the house, down in the dumps after a failure. Clearly leads to the famous bat moment.
  • Teased a cover of Batman's mask. The brow is more prominent and aims downward (connected in the middle to look like a bat). Creates a more intimidating and angry looking eye holes.
  • The cover to 25 is the same as 21, but everything is instead black. "Faith forms in the dark." The cover to 28 will be green.
  • Fan asks if Superman will make a guest appearance. Snyder says not in this story but maybe in the future.
  • Fan asks when Joker gets his face back. Snyder says he doesn't want to say and it would ruin the fun.
  • Snyder says the conclusion of 'Death of the Family' will come back in a big way. Was thinking big picture in the finale, not what would happen in the following issues of the event.
  • Fan asks if Cassandra Cain or Stephanie Brown will appear. Scott jokes that's above his pay grade. Says no one wants to use those characters more than he does.
  • Fan asks if there will be a next Robin. Snyder they all talk about it and we'll have to wait and see about it. Says he didn't design Harper Row to be Robin, but instead to provide a strong female character and a view of what it's like to be poor in Gotham.
  • Snyder says after Zero Year, he really wants to get back into detective material with Batman.
  • Fan says he loved Hush and asks if there are any plans for him. Snyder says there are plans for him in the bat mythology.

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#2 Posted by DocFishstick (241 posts) - - Show Bio

second here this was great

#3 Posted by fallbrigade (96 posts) - - Show Bio

Really enjoy Snyder's stuff. The story is shaping up good. Looking forward to seeing how it all pans out.

#4 Posted by longbowhunter (6621 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm loving Zero Year so far. Anyone not reading this out of some misplaced loyalty to Year One is a fool. Seems we only really get a good story featuring the Riddler once a decade and I appreciate Scott using him. Anxious to see his twist on the classic bat through the window scene.

#5 Posted by DocFishstick (241 posts) - - Show Bio

zero year is a great Batman story.

#6 Edited by j4zzm4n88 (32 posts) - - Show Bio

I am waiting for all the issues to come out before I read it.

#7 Posted by Reignmaker (2226 posts) - - Show Bio

  • Fan asks when Joker gets his face back. Snyder says he doesn't want to say and it would ruin the fun.
  • Snyder says the conclusion of 'Death of the Family' will come back in a big way. Was thinking big picture in the finale, not what would happen in the following issues of the event.

This makes me tremendously excited for Snyder's big-picture run. I know some people didn't care for DotF because they were expecting status quo changes, but I felt like it was a great homage to past Joker stories. And aside from Batman & Robin, I think many of the tie-in issues cheapened the story and gave us "Joker overkill." I wouldn't be surprised if Snyder also returns to the Owls one more time before he's done.

#8 Posted by flazam (2465 posts) - - Show Bio

This looks insane

#9 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (32181 posts) - - Show Bio

I know they keep stressing the fact that this isn't Year One but do they really need to? I mean nobody should be comparing the two, it doesn't make sense.

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#10 Posted by CaptainHoopla (842 posts) - - Show Bio

I think there are a lot of really good books coming out right now, but Snyder and Capullo's Batman has been my favorite and most consistently good since issue 1. Always look forward to each issue and what they're doing next.

#11 Edited by ekrolo (431 posts) - - Show Bio

@jonny_anonymous: No ones comparing the two? Where did you see that? People are comparing these two like crazy.

#12 Edited by Teerack (5206 posts) - - Show Bio

Finally a Batman book. I have been hoping the DC editorial staff would take the time to make a comic about Batman.

#13 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (32181 posts) - - Show Bio

@ekrolo said:

@jonny_anonymous: No ones comparing the two? Where did you see that? People are comparing these two like crazy.

Nobody SHOULD be comparing the two, it's pretty stupid to do so. It's like comparing Batman Beyond to the Dark Knight Returns

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#14 Posted by EvanTheMexiJew (99 posts) - - Show Bio

I really hope Snyder does Batman turning the Red Hood into the Joker. If they're just a bunch of goons working for Riddler or something, I'll be disappointed.

#16 Posted by Mucklefluga (2503 posts) - - Show Bio

Loooove this book!

#17 Posted by ChillinVillain (138 posts) - - Show Bio

FINALLY!!! Awesome panel!!!

Honestly, the only DC panel that hasn't been lame.

#18 Posted by ULTRAstarkiller (5750 posts) - - Show Bio

Awesome, but I do hope that there isn't another Robin till I'm too old to care.

#19 Posted by Breadspread (774 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm enjoying zero year. It's a roller-coaster action thrill ride, but it's not very suspenseful or mysterious, which is fine, I just hope that when Snyder says he wants to get back to detective material that he means we'll get some dark, suspenseful, mystery stories.

#20 Posted by deadpool25mm (575 posts) - - Show Bio

Scott Snyder is so Humble, and that is what makes him a great man.

#21 Posted by Lvenger (17887 posts) - - Show Bio

Zero Year was a big disappointment for me. It showed that despite being the 'Bat writer' now, Snyder is far from infallible. I'm taking a break from his series until it finishes and he starts doing his usual Batman stories. At least Unchained is awesome!

#22 Edited by PunyParker (8844 posts) - - Show Bio

Mr.Snyder....never die,please!

  • "Snyder says after Zero Year, he really wants to get back into detective material with Batman."

And again....please,never ever die!

#23 Posted by _Marc_74 (157 posts) - - Show Bio

@lvenger: hhhmm unchained is awesome but not zero year. How opinions differ. I thought unchained was a bit naff

#24 Posted by tupiaz (2166 posts) - - Show Bio

The talk the talk now they got to walk the walk. Also I hope they stay far way from Hush. One of the most idiotic characters made.

#25 Posted by spidershamrock (1018 posts) - - Show Bio

is batman year one still canon or not?

#26 Posted by batshrine (969 posts) - - Show Bio

as long as Red Hood is not blatantly turned into Joker then I will be happy. (I like the Joker's origin to be unknown)

#27 Edited by EscGamer (113 posts) - - Show Bio

One of the best books out there. All I hear is big things coming up and can't wait to read'em

#28 Posted by Breadspread (774 posts) - - Show Bio

@batshrine: I immensely agree about the Joker's origin. When a writer tries to explain why the Joker is the way he is, or where he came from, it always falls short. Some things are better left a mystery.

#29 Posted by NightFang (9817 posts) - - Show Bio

@spidershamrock said:

is batman year one still canon or not?

Re-read Year One and look at the changes in New 52 and ask that question again.

#30 Posted by THEOCITYLEGEND (1151 posts) - - Show Bio

Currently my favorite book.

#31 Edited by EnderWiggin (5 posts) - - Show Bio

I love Scott Snyders writing , keep up the good work in all his books

#32 Posted by The_Titan_Lord (4517 posts) - - Show Bio

MEH.

#33 Posted by BR_Havoc (1255 posts) - - Show Bio

Anyone else think this run will be beloved for the time its running then just get labeled overrated afterwards?

#34 Posted by Lvenger (17887 posts) - - Show Bio

@_marc_74: For me, Unchained is something new, fresh and modern. Zero Year is unnecessary rehashing of events that don't need to be retold but are being told for temporary praise then will be forgotten.

#35 Posted by ThatOneKidWhoLikesComics (58 posts) - - Show Bio

Interesting...

#36 Posted by XXkaeselXY (19 posts) - - Show Bio

@lvenger said:

@_marc_74: For me, Unchained is something new, fresh and modern. Zero Year is unnecessary rehashing of events that don't need to be retold but are being told for temporary praise then will be forgotten.

All Origin stories are eventually forgotten unless they are amazing. This one is shaping up to be amazing.

If you don't like it, DC has made sure to showcase a bajillion other Bat books. :)

#37 Posted by Lvenger (17887 posts) - - Show Bio

@lvenger said:

@_marc_74: For me, Unchained is something new, fresh and modern. Zero Year is unnecessary rehashing of events that don't need to be retold but are being told for temporary praise then will be forgotten.

All Origin stories are eventually forgotten unless they are amazing. This one is shaping up to be amazing.

If you don't like it, DC has made sure to showcase a bajillion other Bat books. :)

Not really. Some forced metaphors for Gotham City, a poorly characterised Bruce, some moments we've seen before plus Bruce having a lot of tech and being somewhat experienced means the purpose of Zero Year is contradicted. Thus I hardly see it as an amazing origin story. Certainly not a patch on Year One even though you can't compare the two.

#38 Posted by Omega Ray Jay (7561 posts) - - Show Bio

Does sound interesting.

#39 Posted by XXkaeselXY (19 posts) - - Show Bio

@lvenger said:

@xxkaeselxy said:

@lvenger said:

@_marc_74: For me, Unchained is something new, fresh and modern. Zero Year is unnecessary rehashing of events that don't need to be retold but are being told for temporary praise then will be forgotten.

All Origin stories are eventually forgotten unless they are amazing. This one is shaping up to be amazing.

If you don't like it, DC has made sure to showcase a bajillion other Bat books. :)

Not really. Some forced metaphors for Gotham City, a poorly characterised Bruce, some moments we've seen before plus Bruce having a lot of tech and being somewhat experienced means the purpose of Zero Year is contradicted. Thus I hardly see it as an amazing origin story. Certainly not a patch on Year One even though you can't compare the two.

I'm sorry that you can't enjoy the comic for what it is. It'll be back to normal in 10 months.

#40 Posted by dbatdog (530 posts) - - Show Bio

Enjoying the Batman books for the past 2 years now. :)

#41 Posted by Battle_Forum_Junkie (7476 posts) - - Show Bio

I've really enjoying Snyder's run. I'm really looking forward to future issues.

Can hardly wait to see that new Batmobile! :)

#42 Edited by bigboi100000 (224 posts) - - Show Bio

@tupiaz said:

The talk the talk now they got to walk the walk. Also I hope they stay far way from Hush. One of the most idiotic characters made.

it's like an owl flew into the room. "Who? Who? Who? Who?"

#43 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6885 posts) - - Show Bio

Oh this is just going to be awesome. I'll have to just trade wait for it sadly due to limited funds...but I know Snyder is just killing it with Zero Year. Capullo's right, the story can't be compared to Year One and needs to be judged on its own merits.

#44 Edited by Eternal19 (2076 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm kinda disappointed with snyders current work right now. Snyder does great work .on horror books like American Vampire and Swamp Thing, but his Superhero work is just okay

#45 Posted by williet (1 posts) - - Show Bio

I was at this panel and this summary is good but doesn't beat hearing how passionate Snyder and Capullo are about this story, which so far has been amazing. There are always going to be picky readers but seriously, what other team is delivering consistently amazing stories? I really love the fact that Snyder is unpacking these huge stories over longer periods. He is a big picture writer and I dig that. Year One is still Year One, its okay. This is a whole different monster and this is young rock star Bruce, it's badass.

#46 Posted by danhimself (22216 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't get it....writers want to use Stephanie, Cassandra, Wally, and Donna...readers want them back....so why aren't they appearing anywhere? what's the issue?

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