UPDATE: Aw, crap we got busted by DC Legal too.
At this point, to be honest, we’re much more interested in who at DC hates this project so much that they have been leaking all this information to Bleeding Cool, completely taking the air out of the eventual announcement. Or else, who was so stupid as to put this concept art in front of a firewall where Rich Johnston could find it with his URL guesses — the same way fans found a bunch of New 52 covers well efforts well before their official release. Word on the street is that someone got fired over that faux pas. God only knows what will happen to whoever was responsible for this.
Other rumored creators on what’s said to be a four-issue prequel include Darwyn Cooke, J. Michael Straczynski, and original WATCHMEN creators Dave Gibbons and John Higgins. Cooke has been delivering convincing denials of the project in person for months now — however, the existence of actual art would kinda indicate that something is going on.
Other than that..nice art. In the morning light we see DC is sending out legal notices to remove this art. As soon as we get ours, we’ll take it down. Pretty strong confirmation that it’s all true.
ALSO, it’s been suggested to us that this art originated from DC’s ftp server, where all the art for various links of the production chain are stored. That would explain how the code name “Panic Room” was learned. While we’d still balk at being “proud” to publish leaked artwork — of course we’d be pleased to have such a traffic generator — putting secret stuff up on a server that hundreds of people have access to doesn’t seem particularly secret, either.
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.