DC has released their solicits for June, including a look at the new Batman and his “redesigned” outfit (from the cover of Batman #687). From what I can tell, the new touches are the bat-buckle and what look like scalloped work gloves instead of gauntlets, which seems like a step back to me. Of course, I still want a DCUC version of him as soon as possible, please.
I’m really not on board with most of DC’s plans for the Batman comics family. As of right now the only titles I definitely plan on trying out are Paul Dini’s Streets of Gotham and Sirens (because I love his work) and maybe Red Robin, since the plot sounds interesting and, for some reason, I love the Red Robin design–I really hope we get him as a DCUC figure.
And now, if I may be a typical toy geek for a second, does anyone else ever get annoyed when a character gets redesigned in comics (or TV shows, or whatever) just after you get a new action figure of him? I’m particularly annoyed that Robin is getting a new outfit, since we just got a new figure of him in DCUC, plus I quite like the red-and-black outfit. It’s not that I hate change, but I do prefer it be for the better, and the red-and-black suit got to hang around for what, three years?
We don’t know what the new Robin looks like for certain yet (since apparently we can’t rely on the Frank Quitely Batman and Robin cover, as the Batman outfit is clearly different from the one on the cover of Batman #687).
However, there’s a rumor going around that there will be two new Batmen–Dick Grayson (with Damian *shudder* Wayne) in Batman and Robin and Jason *shudder* Todd as Batman in the main title, which is being written by Judd Winnick, the writer responsible for bringing Jason Todd back to life.
Of course, Bruce will eventually come back and put an end to this mess…I hope.