The Batman 75th Anniversary Panel at Wondercon approached San Diego Hall H impossibility to get to, as folk packed the previous DC Panel to get into this one. And no one left… well, it is Batman Day in July, the day before San Diego Comic Con, and Batman ’66 hardcover will be the New York Times #2 bestseller in that category, so it’s a pretty good time to be a Batfan.
It may be worth noting that with the likes of Jim Lee and Bruce Timm up in front, it was animated Batman voice artist Kevin Conroy who won the audience applause… well you know, he can do the voice. But this was the mainstream love for Batman on display.
Though there was also quite a lot for the surprise guest of Kevin Smith…
Also, is it me or will Kevin Smith’s line about Batman’s greatest villain being his humanity be the kind of thing that will fuel internet rage as soon as they hear of it? Though they might appreciate his analogy of fans turning on the Batman ’66 TV Series as Peter turning on Jesus… well, I suppose it is Easter.
And he did talk of his love for Matt Wagner Batman as well, which has got to win him some more points…
Or maybe it could be Bruce Timm saying that Batman Beyond came from a Warners exec wanting to “Buffy-ize Batman” – Bruce Wayne as Giles, I can see that.
Possibly the fact the Jim Lee worked for nine issues on Batman: Hush in secret before it was announced. Not even I got a snifter of that.
But the most love? Has to be for the Batman Beyond short they showed with a battle between the Batmen of Adventure and Beyond…