— This is a more character based take on the DCU. Johns stressed over that it’s about the characters and they want to make it the comcis world very detailed and complex.
— Making the characters relevant to new readers is the core of the whole Rebirth initiative. DiDio says in some ways it’s an amalgam of the world construction of Infinite CRisis, the refeshed look of New 52 and the diverse take on the characters that audiences connected with from DCYou. “We’ve learned from our mistakes and we’ve learned from our successes,” he said.
— The diverse element such as the Chinese New Super-Man and Jessice and Simon as Green Lantern was a “non- conversation.” Said Lee. “It just reflects the real world. It’s not a quote it’s just the way things are.”
— DiDio mentioned that the moment he new they’d gone off the rails was at NYCC in October when he realized that none of the questions he was getting from fans were about story or characters. When they held a big panel with creators, the audience left during the Q&A. They weren’t connecting with the storylines, he realized.
— Everyone stressed again that a lot of time is being taken with creators adn editors to really work out the characters. That’s something they didn’t have time to do with The New 52, and somehing that would perhaps have benefitted the relaunch.
— Working with creators like Gene Yang from outside the superhero world has helped everyone learn what makes these characters tick.
— Speaking personallyI know there is a lot of cynicism about these kind of corporate moves, and the new creators line-ups are perhaps more familiar than some had hoped, but this is a sincere attempt at solving some of the problems in the DC line by the executive team. And when things aren’t broke – like Harley Quinn — they won’t need to fix them.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.