NYCC: Batman – The Bat-Universe Panel

New York Comic Con was really pushing the Bat-agenda this weekend and I’ve no problem with it. DC Comics set up another Bat-centric panel featuring writers and artists from the many Batman titles that are currently running, entitled, Batman – The Bat Universe.

In attendance, you’d find Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo (writer and penciller of Batman), Peter Tomasi (writer of Detective Comics), Tom King and Tim Seeley (writing team behind Grayson), James Tynion IV (lead writer of Batman & Robin Eternal), Khary Randolph (artist for We are Robin), and lastly Amy Chu, who writes a mini-series called Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death.

As you would imagine, the panel was a love fest as the creators appreciated the fans and the fans appreciated their work and Batman. Each creator would go on to discuss their respective titles.

Snyder would kick the event off thanking fans for the support. Capullo would go on to tease them about seeing Bruce Wayne as Batman again. Unfortunately, he confirmed that Bruce won’t be back behind the cowl. At least, not in issue #46. Instead he said, “you’re going to start to see how much he’s been needed, and how much he’s been missed.”

Tynion would go on to express his enthusiasm in writing for Batman & Robin Eternal. He briefly mentions Cassandra Cain and teases that there may be more characters coming back with her. Tynion says, “We brought Cassandra Cain back in to the mix, that might not be the only character we’re bringing back in the story.” I wonder. Any ideas?

Tomasi chimes in about his love for Detective Comics, discusses the Gordon as Bats, and teases that in Issue #46 of Detective Comics, readers will be able to see Gordon as a detective. Even though Gordon was always a detective, he just wasn’t as good as Bruce.

The discussion then shifts to Chu and her new miniseries centering on Poison Ivy. She explains that although we are familiar to Poison Ivy, we don’t know her all that well. It seems like Chu intends to humanize Poison Ivy. On Ivy, Chu says, “[She’s] Lex Luthor-smart and she’ll kill you, too. She’s not a psychopath. She has the capability of loving people. I’m going to talk about that in the series, too.” This is intriguing. Most times that I’ve read Ivy, she doesn’t really refer to herself as a human, more so something above them and natural.

Another shift in topic to We are Robin. King briefly discusses the upcoming Robin War, referring to it as a “summer event in December.” Of the saga, he says:

“This is a story about people who were inspired by the Robins and Batman, and saw these incredible figures in their lives and wanted to be them. You have kids running around trying to be like Batman. But not everybody can be Batman. So it caused some trouble. And then it causes some big trouble. Then it causes some major trouble, and Gotham is on fire. And then Dick Grayson comes in and saves the day.”

Well, that’s awfully vague. Are there going to be Batman and Robin wannabes running around and getting themselves in… well, trouble?

Of the fan Q&A, let me give you the list of bullet points:

  • Snyder says that 2016 will be a big year for Robin in the main title.
  • Favorite Robin question posed, panel answered Damian, Tim, and Dick.
  • Snyder discusses his experiences in New York and that inspires his portrayal of Gotham City. He explains that people move to New York to pursue dreams, but the city will almost antagonize and keep you from achieving anything. He calls the city a “hero generator” for those who can overcome the hardship the city will dish out.
  • Snyder explains that the current Superheavy arc is “deeply about what Batman means to the real world.”
  • Snyder says that he does actively avoid using Damian as it reminds him of his son and how he couldn’t put his own son in danger.
  • A fan asks if Dick would ever don the mask of Nightwing again, to which King believes that Dick is still Nightwing, just not dressed as such. Seeley believes that Dick is far more useful in the DC universe as a spy and that he gets more out of the spy genre in terms of writing.

To read more on the panel, check out Comic Book Resources‘ coverage on it.

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Adam Poncharoensub is a blogger, movie critic, and Born-Again Batman fan. When he’s not chained to his desk writing, he likes to spend his days spreading the gospel of the Dark Knight in the treacherous suburbs of Miami or working under Dropping Loads Productions, where he co-hosts a comedy podcast and produces sketches.