WonderCon 2019: DC Comics To Celebrate 80 Years Of Batman & More
by Gary Catig
DC Comics is a heavyweight in the comics industry and they happen to be a sponsor for this year’s WonderCon. It should be no surprise that the publisher will have a heavy presence at the show whether it’s at their booth, Booth #1101 or their multiple panels, anchored by a Batman Birthday Bash celebrating 80 years of the Dark Knight and his legacy.
The panel will take place Saturday, March 30, from 3:30 – 4:30 pm and will include a star-studded cast of speakers including:
- David Mazouz, stars as a young Bruce Wayne on the hit TV series Gotham
- Kevin Conroy, renowned voice of Batman in the fan-favorite Batman: The Animated Series and Batman: Arkham video games
- Lee Meriwether, who starred in the 1960’s Batman movie as Catwoman
- Roger Craig Smith, the voice of Batman in the Batman: Arkham Origins video game and the popular animated film Batman: Ninja
- Jim Lee, DC Publisher, Chief Creative Officer and BATMAN: HUSH artist
- Grace Randolph, host of “Behind The Trailer” and Batman pop culture expert
The day before the big celebration, on Friday, March 29, from 3:30 – 4:30 pm, there will be a “DC Celebrates 80 Years of Batman Comics” panel featuring some of the companies most talented writers and artists like Greg Capullo, Sam Humphries, Tom King, Joëlle Jones, Scott Snyder and Peter J. Tomasi. This panel will honor the most popular single superhero ever created in the history of mankind.
Take a look at all the DC programming below, which doesn’t include the spotlight panels of creators Capullo, Jones, King, Andy Kubert, Lee, Tim Sale, Liam Sharp, Alex Sinclair, Tomasi and more.
Friday, March 29
3:30-4:30 p.m. DC CELEBRATES 80 YEARS OF BATMAN – Eighty years after his first appearance in DETECTIVE COMICS, Batman endures as one of the most iconic heroes in history. Join a star-studded panel of industry talent including Joëlle Jones (CATWOMAN), best-selling Batman creative team Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo (BATMAN: THE LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH), Tom King (BATMAN), Becky Cloonan (DETECTIVE COMICS #1000) and Peter J. Tomasi (DETECTIVE COMICS) as they discuss the World’s Greatest Detective at this must-see panel moderated by Sam Humphries (HARLEY QUINN). Room: North 200B
5:30-6:30p.m. THIS IS YOUR DC UNIVERSE –DC fans will get an in-depth look at the ground-breaking digital subscription service designed just for fans, DC UNIVERSE. The panel will feature the latest news on original live-action and animated series Doom Patrol, Swamp Thing and Young Justice: Outsiders, alongside a closer look at the incredible line-up of legendary DC films, epic animated movies, comic books, exclusive merchandise and more! Fans attending the panel will receive a show exclusive poster featuring the cast of the DC UNIVERSE series Doom Patrol! Room: North 200B
Saturday, March 30
12:00–1:00 p.m. DC SUPER HERO GIRLS VIDEO PRESENTATION AND Q&A –Fresh off their brand-new series on Cartoon Network, the DC Super Hero Girls are coming to WonderCon! The world may know them as Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl, but not-so-typical teenagers Diana, Kara and Barbara, alongside their Super Hero friends, have much more to deal with than just protecting the citizens of Metropolis from some of the most sinister school-aged Super-Villains of the DC Universe. After all, being teens is tough enough, what with school, friends, family and the chaos that comes with managing a social life. But add super powers and a secret identity to the mix, and things can get a lot more complicated. Join executive producer Lauren Faust (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends) and other members of the creative team as they share new footage and answer fan questions! DC Super Hero Girls airs Sundays on Cartoon Network (check local listings). North 200A.
2:30–3:30 p.m. DC MEET THE PUBLISHERS –Come hear firsthand the latest on the World’s Greatest Super Heroes from DC publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee. Combining humor, breaking news and filled with lots of surprises, this panel is the perfect place to find out what the Publishers have in store for your favorite DC heroes and villains. Room: North 200B
3:30–4:30 p.m. HAPPY BIRTHDAY BATMAN! –Calling all Batfans! Batman’s official birthday bash will be the can’t-miss panel of WonderCon. Join the all-star panel featuring David Mazouz, Jim Lee, Lee Meriwether, Kevin Conroy, Roger Craig Smith, and Grace Randolph to celebrate the Caped Crusader and his many incarnations across film, television, animation, games and comics. Room: North 200B
Sunday, March 31
10:30-11:30 a.m. DC BATMAN ART ACADEMY –Sharpen your pencils and bring your notebooks because class is in session! To commemorate the milestone 80th birthday of the iconic Batman, a fan-favorite lineup of artists including Bernard Chang, Ryan Benjamin, and Mikel Janin will offer a unique look into their visual approaches to one of the greatest heroes of all-time – Batman! Room: 210
1:30–2:30 p.m. A LEGACY OF EVIL – CREATING DC VILLAINS – From The Joker to Lex Luthor, Black Manta and more, DC has created a legacy of the greatest villains in all of pop culture. A well-crafted adversary drives the plot of any story but most of all, they are the makers of Super Heroes. Come meet some of the writers and artists who’ve put their mark on the most wicked characters in the DC universe including Joëlle Jones (CATWOMAN), Scott Snyder (BATMAN: THE LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH), Sam Humphries (HARLEY QUINN), Joshua Williamson (JUSTICE LEAGUE ODYSSEY), Cecil Castellucci (FEMALE FURIES), and Adam Glass (TEEN TITANS). Room: 213AB
Meanwhile all weekend at Booth #1101, there will be special fan giveaways, a display of various Batman Cowls, a green screen photo experience placing fans on the cover of Detective Comics #1000 and a packed signing schedule. For a complete list of signings and panels, download the DC All Access app.
At nearby booth, Booth #1001, Graphitti Designs will sell exclusive variant covers which are shown below:
Detective Comics #1000 by Jim Lee, Scott Williams & Alex Sinclair $25
Dial H For Hero #1 by Nick Derington $15
Heroes In Crisis #7 by Mitch Gerads $15
Justice League #20 by Phil Jimenez $15
Shazam #4 by Jim Lee $15
Action Comics #1009 by Francis Manapul $15
Batman #67 by Lee Weeks $15