The Earth One story has been mostly cleared up as J. Michael Straczynski has responded to Robot 6 with a clarification:
This was the actual exchange, as I remember it.
Someone asked me on the panel if Superman Earth One was only coming out as a hardcover or as issues at the same time or afterward. I said, as near as I can remember it, “This is coming out first in hardcover, unlike B&B, which is single issues collected into a hardcover” (which I slipped in to promote the book, which is coming out I think this week or next week). So it went in both directions, which prompted the fan to note, “I’m confused,” and I joked back, “So am I.”
That was the entirety of the exchange. Basically, the two different subjects got conflated in the hurry to transcribe what was being said, so they got lumped into one sentence.
Where the mystery comes in is that you can actually listen to the panel and hear the whole thing about 2 minutes from the end. JMS doesn’t really mention B&tB at all which makes it sound like he’s talking about Earth One.
We’re going to call off the conspiracy hounds here however and just say it was San Diego, people were tired, it was the end of a panel, and…it’s 99.99% nothing at all. Obviously, JMS didn’t know the audio is up on the internet and was just recalling what he thought he said. Which was that he was confused.
So, let’s move on.
BONUS: While we were looking for the audio of the panel, we found this nice page of DC downloads where you can get screensavers (like Seaguy) and listen to podcasts and stuff.
More news followup:
§ That video game developer who outraged everyone with his clueless comments on deceiving artists? He’s only 16 years old. Which explains a bit of the cluelessness. So he’s more of a twerp than an asswipe.
§ Mark Millar talks more about NEMESIS the movie and passes long casting ideas:
“With Nemesis, you’ve got two great roles for two A-list stars,” he says. “The thing is, one guy has to be as good as the other. You’ve got Holmes versus Moriarty here or Batman versus The Joker, so each one has got to be a $20 million actor, really. I think you could go for the A+ list and get Johnny Depp as Nemesis and Brad Pitt as Blake Morrow.”
Say what you will about the Scot, but he doesn’t lack ambition. And, if Scott does bag Depp, it’ll bring Millar’s long-term plan to fruition. “When I was writing the comic, I genuinely saw Johnny Depp as Nemesis,” explains Millar. “He’s a thin-faced guy, slightly creepy, a cross between Heath Ledger and Christian Bale, and someone who could pull off both those things at the same time is Depp. He would get it. He goes slightly crazy in his roles!”
§ This is not followup, but you can watch a video of the whole SDCC 10: International Comics and Graphic Novels Panel with Moto Hagio, Milo Manara, the Immonens, Emile Bravo and so on. Sweeeeeet.