SDCC '13: DC DIGITAL Goes Beyond Print's Limits

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From the international best-seller Injustice based on the game of the same name to the brand-new (and first DC^2 title) Batman '66, it's clear DC Comics is having fun trying new and different things with their digital-first lineup. Follow along (and don't forget to refresh regularly) as we cover the DC Digital panel from Comic-Con International: San Diego live, where we hope to hear about new series, new creative teams, and more.

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DC Entertainment's digital initiative has been a pioneer in digital comics. Get an exclusive look at some of the exciting series that make up the future of digital comics with some of the all-star talent behind them: Derek Fridolfs (Batman: Arkham Unhinged, Li'l Gotham), Christos N. Gage (Justice League Beyond), Kyle Higgins (Batman Beyond), Bryan Q. Miller (Smallville Season 11), Dustin Nguyen (Li'l Gotham), Tom Taylor (Injustice: Gods Among Us), and more!

The DC digital creators and editors came to Comic-Con to talk about their digital-first efforts. After teasing the "Comic-Con" issue of Li'l Gotham that was announced at the first DC panel of the day, Adventures of Superman was shown, with a new story by Pia Guerra, artist of Y: The Last Man, teased.

Tom Taylor talked a bit about Injustice: Gods Among Us, and said that he loves Superman, it's his favorite character, so he "hates doing this to him," talking about the way he's tortured the character, showing his downfall into tyrany.

The cover to the Annual was shown once again, by Juan Jose Ryp, which features Harley Quinn "beating the crap out of Lobo," as Taylor said.

The third digital chapter of Batman '66 and the first print issue are now out. The editor of the series said that he has people begging him to be a part of the series. Higgins joked he wanted to pitch "Batman Beyond '66 with Adam West, now." Nguyen said "Lil Batman '66," and Taylor said, "I'd pitch Injustice '66, but I don't want to do that to Adam West. He's a nice man."

Legends of the Dark Knight, the Batman anthology series, has a new story featuring Clayface from Shane Davis coming, which "has some major twists, and you won't know what was real and what wasn't when you're done reading it," the panel teased.

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Bryan Q. Miller talked about Smallville, the series he writes that continues the universe of the TV show. He's introduced characters like Batman and now Wonder Woman into the world, and said that when Lois and Clark meet Diana Prince, "things go sideways very quickly" for Superman. Felix Faust is an early villain facing down Wonder Woman.

A parallel story, Smallville Special #3 is on sale October 30, 2013 in print - it's "a psychological thriller" featuring Lex Luthor.

The Beyond-verse is next, with writers Kyle Higgins and Christos Gage. The series relaunches in print as Batman Beyond Universe, and Higgins is thrilled to be a part of the world. "We've advanced time by about a year" with their first issue, and "something big happened in the missing time, but you're not sure what."

Gage said that in Justice League Beyond, the series will compliment Batman Beyond nicely by starting with a cohesive group then breaking them down, where Batman Beyond starts with craziness and gets more orderly along the way. The JL Beyond villain is a classic villain returning, Gage teased.

DC Digital's Hank Kanalz took the stage to announce a new Vampire Diaries weekly series that features both the main trio and the Originals from the show.

Beware The Batman is the digital-first comic based on the new DC Nation animated series. The new, very-different Alfred is a favorite of creators working on the seris so far.

A new series, Scooby-Doo Meets Batan and Robin #1 is coming in November 2013. Sholly Fisch is writing the series, with "many ideas to keep telling stories." Miller joked that it opens the door to "Royal Flush Gang versus Harlem Globetrotters." The series will only come out every other month, more as a series of specials.

Teen Titans Go! comes to DC Digital in December 2013, "we are not falling behind Cartoon Network's stories," was the only tease, but more will be said about it at New York Comic-Con 2013.

After the presentation came Fan Q&A time.

A fan dressed as Stephanie Brown Batgirl asked about the new Batgirl in Batman Beyond, and she was assured that she will be appearing in the relaunched Batman Beyond Universe. She also asked why the girl dressed as Stephanie Brown in the Halloween issue had her hair recolored from blonde to black, and unfortunately had the answer dodged.

A fan who loves the "family moments" in Li'l Gotham asked about future points in the story. Nguyen said that "Batman goes on vacation in the next issue, and Damian holds down the fort, you'll get some fun moments out of that."

For the Beyond-verse writers, "Any intention to bring the original Joker back into Batman Beyond?" Higgins reminded the fan that Derek Fridolfs did a story about the aftermath of "Return of the Joker," and it really buried the character. He then also praised the recently-concluded 10,000 Jokers story featuring the Joker King.

Will Scorpion be moving from the Injustice game to the comic? "There are no plans at this time."

More Shazam in Injustice? "There's... yeah. We have a long run and there will be more characters. There are a lot of characters to juggle."

With that the panel came to an end.

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