DC: The New 52
This just in from Manager Jared:
The New 52:
-Accessibility to a wider audience. "This will feel like it did when the characters were first introduced and hadn't yet fought their enemies and defeated them so many times already." Jim Lee said
-Some costumes similar to TV or movie properties. Ex. Green Arrow.
-Costumes will be the same comic to comic. Everyone will look uniform in any book they appear in and the artists have graphs of these looks so they can keep them the same.
-Also the timeline of the events going on in the universe is being tightly monitored, so that they all line up accordingly, but they're not all linear.
-"Heroes acting like heroes" Dan Didio
-Characters changing back to "Prime Age" "Young fresh and vibrant" Didio said.
-They were really focusing on the amount of time and quality of this first launch of 52 books. Art direction was overseen by Jim Lee who would recommend new dynamic ways to layout panels and such.
-They will be keeping with the effects of Brightest Day and the Green Lantern sagas. Also the Batman material will still be valid leading up to this new "initiative". OTHER BOOKS however will have bigger changes. "Reinvention" Didio said.
-Similar to what they did in when they launched the silver age books and again post-crisis, except this time it's all the books in one month.
-13 books a week will ship with new number ones and the books will ship so that 1 Batman title and week, 1 GL, and 1 Superman book will come out at a time. So, no more weeks with 3 Batman books, that way we get a Batman book almost every week with a great story.
-Example of a change in how things look and act is the Flash's costume and how it goes onto his body almost in pieces. You'll have to see it, but it's different than before so those little things will be neat!
-"Secret Identities will matter, flashbacks, and supporting cast' Didio said. the fun things that we loved about the characters from the beginning will become prevalent again.
-Dark Knight is a Batman book that will show a wider breadth of DCU characters, rather than just Gotham based characters.
-Barbara Gordon is rehabilitated and we'll find out how. Killing Joke and the Oracle stuff still matters and happened. They're not erasing.
-Suicide Squad features a drastically different Harley Quinn as the "anchor of the team". as Jim Lee stated.
-For the Justice League book Johns said, "the word superhero isn't even in their vocabulary" They're all essentially coming together for the first time and meeting each other. This is one of two books that act as a retelling of an origin.
-Justice League is sounding awesome based off a few scenes they described. It'll have a lot of humor and sounds really great for everyone!!!
THIS ALL SOUNDS AWESOME! WHAT A COOL TIME TO BE READING COMICS! I'M IN!