newsarama.com | SDCC '08 - DC Nation Panel, Kevin Smith is Back
DiDio turned to Batman: R.I.P., asking fans who they'd want as Batman if not Bruce Wayne. The mere suggestion drew loud boos, but then DiDio asked if fans would accept Dick Grayson in the mantle (cheers), Tim Drake (slightly less cheers), or Jason Todd (loud boos). "Jason Todd it is then," joked DiDio.
DiDio said that Batman: R.I.P. will come to a definite end in November, and then brought out a "special guest" working on Batman in the near future - Kevin Smith.
"It's so weird that we're at Comic-Con, and I was just at the Scream Awards panel, and that was in Ballroom 20, and this is a comic book panel, and we're squeezed in here," said Smith, speaking of the confines of room 6A.
Smith announced that he's doing a Batman mini-series, then joked "It'll be done in about three years."
He said he had two scripts done, with only one more to go ("I should have that done by the time my daughter is about 16," he joked), then announced the artist of the project - Walt Flanagan, a longtime Smith friend (who's cameoed in several of his films), and the artist for Karny for IDW.
Smith said it was scheduled to start in November, then continued to joke about his history of lateness, saying "I'm great with first issues. I'm Mr. Foreplay, but if you want me to thrust, good luck." The comic is called Batman: Cacophony, and features Onomatopoeia, the villain Smith introduced during his Green Arrow run.