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C2E2 2017: DC Universe Rebirth Panel

Written by IvCNuB4 on Saturday, April 22 2017 and posted in News with Benefits

C2E2 2017: DC Universe Rebirth Panel

An overview of the last year with a focus on returning writers, upcoming classic villains, and news about Nightwing, Batgirl & The BOP and the JLoA.

Source: 24LiveBlog

Source: CBR

DC Comics
kicked off C2E2 on Friday with a Rebirth panel consisting of Steve Orlando (Justice League of America), Julie and Shawna Benson (Batgirl & The Birds of Prey),  Tim Seeley (Nightwing), Greg Rucka and Liam Sharp (Wonder Woman), Dan Jurgens  (Superman),  and James Tynion IV (Detective Comics).

Dan DiDio was moderating and revealed that a wave of classic villains are set to return in the coming year. The crowd was asked how they liked the double-shipping of books, yielding a generally positive response. 

A fan remarked that he was excited about the Watchmen being part of the mainstream DC Universe, however DiDio seemed to be coy about.

Steve Orlando
, who also writes Supergirl,  started off by saying that Justice League of America is trying to inspire the DC Universe to be better. Characters like Vixen and Lobo are being "rebuilt" to showcase their confidence and abilities in new ways. "These are characters that can make each other better and do things they could never do on their own." He teased the return of '90s Bloodlines villain Terrorsmith.
Things to look forward to: the team will go to Monster Valley, a new villain called King Butcher, one of the Lords of Order leading to a big villain reveal, and an arc in the Microverse that Atom fans will find very familiar.


Julie Benson explained that their goal was to "Bring back the idea that Barbara Gordon was and is Oracle. That was something that Geoff talked about on day one. The other thing was bringing back the original trinity of Batgirl, Huntress and Black Canary."  Shawna added "They're a sisterhood" and "that was something that was really important to include in the book".  Looking ahead readers can expect to see Poison Ivy, Catwoman and the Calculator

Tim Seeley
found Nightwing challenging as he and Tom King had previously reinvented the hero in the extremely popular Grayson title. "Dick has always been about youth...and though Dick did grow up, he's never been about a guy who's in his 30s".  Seeley promises that we will see more of Raptor, the Agents of Spyral and Grayson's former partner, Tiger. This may have been a  joke but he added that Dick will visit "the world of Warlord Skartaris and run around in a fuzzy loincloth for several issues".  Sign me up for that arc.  

The Bensons and Seeley then revealed that they now have the approval for a Birds of Prey/Nightwing crossover and that they already have a plot in mind.


Greg Rucka found the responsibility of writing Wonder Woman again was terrifying, especially at the end. "It's a 24-issue storyline, and we'll see if we can stick the landing". He also stated that it was about "trying to bring back those things that were essentially Diana."
Liam Sharp said that they wanted to bring the mythology back to Wonder Woman, including a new focus on the gods.


Dan Jurgens' challenge on Superman was topping his own work from previous decades. He added that Superman having a family really helped change things for him. "One of the advantages of working on a character that's existed now for almost 80 years is that you can go back to different eras to pluck out what makes the character work...that's what Rebirth is about: finding the core elements that makes the character work". Jurgens said that he also took elements from John Byrne's and Geoff Johns' runs to make his take more encompassing of Superman's long history.

James Tynion
also wanted to go for the feel of a "Batman Family"-style title with Detective Comics and to make it something of a secret team book. Coming in the next issue, Cassandra Cain "unleashes on the League of Shadows", fighting an army of ninjas.
He teased that a future mission the team follows will lead to events coming in the year ahead from DC. He plans keeping Tim Drake at the center of things.  Characters to look out for are Zatanna, Lady Shiva and the Order of St. Dumas – an arc that spotlights a new A.I. version of Azrael.


Wrapping up the panel, Didio teased that revivals for the Legion of Super-Heroes and Martian Manhunter are in the works.



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