DC Brings ‘The Penguin,’ ‘Absolute Batman’ And More To SDCC

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DC has lifted the veil on its plans for San Diego Comic-Con 2024, and they’re definitely going big — and probably eventually going home. The DC SDCC 2024 lineup includes The Penguin, tie-ins to James Gunn’s Superman, the first merchandise for Creature Commandos… And yeah, they’ve finally acknowledged the existence of Absolute Batman.

You can check out the below for the full lineup of panels, convention exclusives, and events in the booth and off-site below, via a press release provided to Comic Book Club. But I wanted to break out some highlights, first.

Let’s start with the big one: news broke earlier this week about an Absolute Batman ashcan, potentially teasing a new, Ultimate Universe-style take on DC’s characters. While DC is being mum on what it all means, the ashcan is indeed on sale at the DC booth at SDCC 2024. There’s also an Absolute Batman ti-shirt on sale. And while DC doesn’t have a dedicated “Absolute Universe” panel or anything like that, there is an Absolute Power panel, talking about the currently running event. However, for my money I’d bet you’ll find out more at the Jim Lee & Friends panel, which teases it’ll have surprises and reveals that will get folks talking past the con.

As for the big media properties, there’s a lot there, too. You’ve got a shirt with the logo from James Gunn’s Superman, which should be a hot item. A reprint of All-Star Superman #1 also features the revised “S” shield. And there’s a Creature Commandos shirt as well, teeing up the animated series.

Kite Man: Hell Yeah! and Harley Quinn Season 5 get a joint panel, which should be fun. And then DC is taking over Saturday’s schedule with panels for My Adventures With Superman, Superman & Lois, Batman: Caped Crusader, and The Penguin. And the latter will have “Oz Cobb’s” costume on display in the DC booth as well.

Okay, enough out of me. Here’s the full rundown, per DC’s release.

DC SDCC 2024 Press Release: Panels, Convention Exclusives, More

DC announced today their expanded presence at Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) with a new, larger footprint, multi-level DC Booth (#4545) on the convention show floor from Wednesday, July 24, through Sunday, July 28. SDCC provides the perfect platform for DC to connect with fans, showcase exciting content, and celebrate the power of DC storytelling. This year, DC is collaborating with McFarlane Toys, Meta, and Candy to offer limited edition SDCC convention exclusives in the DC Booth. Whether you’re looking for the most binge-worthy comics and TV shows, the toys and collectibles that you absolutely must have, breaking news from all over the DC universe, or to just check out the most amazing cosplay on the planet, you’ll find it where DC and SDCC come together for their fans.

With a can’t-miss lineup of panels, exclusives, and interactive experiences, DC is set to deliver an unforgettable weekend of programming. While at SDCC, fans can look forward to engaging directly with their favorite creators by attending in-booth signings, including an appearance by DC President, Publisher and Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee.

DC Shop will also offer exclusive must-have items for DC Super Hero fans and Super-Villains enthusiasts across apparel, collectibles and accessories! Highlights include an all-new tote for all your Comic-Con goodies, inspired by Batman: The Animated Series and featuring Batman, Robin, and Batgirl along with The Joker, Mr. Freeze and Catwoman. Fans can celebrate 85 Years of Batman with a new “Born in Gotham City” premium varsity jacket, “Greetings from Gotham City” hoodie, and a Mystery Pin Collection.

DC Shop Exclusives

Available only at the DC Booth, Warner Bros. Discovery’s DC Shop is offering fans the first official merchandise from the highly anticipated film Superman by director James Gunn. In addition to a new design exclusive to DC Shop, the collection also features the newly unveiled Superman S-shield as it will appear in the upcoming film, currently in production.

Also available at the DC Booth from Warner Bros. Discovery’s DC Shop is the first official merchandise for Creature Commandos, the upcoming animated series from Warner Bros. Animation, and James Gunn.

DC Shop Exclusives SDCC 2024

DC Shop will also offer exclusive must-have items for DC Super Hero fans and Super-Villains enthusiasts across apparel, collectibles and accessories! Highlights include an all-new tote for all your Comic-Con goodies, inspired by Batman: The Animated Series and featuring Batman, Robin, and Batgirl along with The Joker, Mr. Freeze and Catwoman. Fans can celebrate 85 Years of Batman with a new “Born in Gotham City” premium varsity jacket, “Greetings from Gotham City” hoodie, and a Mystery Pin Collection.

DC Shop Exclusives SDCC 2024

Additional items include tees and hoodies with unique designs honoring Wonder Woman and The Joker/Harley Quinn’s “Mad Love” by Phantom City Creative, an epic, numbered limited edition DC Super Heroes “Rebirth” hoodie, and much more!

DC Comics Exclusives

DC Comics Exclusives SDCC 2024

On sale in DC’s expanded new booth will be a wide variety of comic books, graphic novels, and new merchandise from DC. While supplies last, DC will be selling limited printings of special edition foil covers for Absolute Power #1, All-Star Superman #1 and Batman #150, a McFarlane Toys Action Figure variantof Batman Beyond #1, a new animation-themed Creature Commandos #1 variant cover (includes Frankenstein: Agent of Shade #1 and the first appearance of the Creature Commandos in Weird War Tales #93), a special edition foil cover (6-5/8″ x 10-3/16″) SDCC 2024 Exclusive Absolute Batman Ashcan,a Golden Age-sized (7-3/4” x 10-1/2”) facsimile edition of Detective Comics #27 with a movie homage cover, convention-exclusive graphic novels with metal covers for Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. KongBatman Vol. 1: Failsafe (with a movie homage cover) and Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Outlaw, an oversized (11” x 17”) pencil-and-ink flip-book variant of Batman: Hush #1and more.

DC Comics Exclusives SDCC 2024

McFarlane Toys Exclusives

McFarlane Toys, founded by legendary comic book artist and writer, Todd McFarlane, is a global toy company, industry leader, and innovator. McFarlane Toys and DC are collaborating to bring iconic and fan-favorite characters to life at SDCC in the DC Booth. McFarlane Toys will be offering pre-orders on DC action figures, poly-resin statues, and will have DC Multiverse and DC Direct product for sale (while supplies last). As a design-driven company known for unparalleled attention to detail, McFarlane Toys will have a few surprises for fans to be revealed in the coming weeks! McFarlane Toys Digital will also host a giveaway at San Diego Comic-Con for an exclusive limited-edition digital collectible—The Joker Bank Robber. Fans can swing by the DC Booth at SDCC from July 24 to July 28, or The McFarlane Toys Multiverse panel on Friday, July 26 from 10:30am-11:30am (Room: 6A), to redeem a single-use scratch card code, while supplies last.

Meta Exclusives

Meta will have a 20’ lightbox promoting Batman: Arkham Shadowa Meta Quest 3 exclusive developed by Camouflaj and Oculus Studios, in one corner of the DC Booth and their game trailer will be shown on the TV screens as part of the looping video reel. Experience Gotham City like never before! Take down its most notorious criminals using a built-for-VR evolution of Arkham’s iconic freeform combat. Camouflaj has faithfully reimagined the entire experience for VR—from bone-crunching combat to stealth to predator encounters to Detective Vision. Set between the events of Batman: Arkham Origins and Batman: Arkham Asylum, players will experience the origins of such iconic characters as The Scarecrow, Harley Quinn, and more. Batman: Arkham Shadow releases Fall 2024.

Candy Digital Exclusives

To commemorate San Diego Comic-Con 2024, Candy Digital and DC are launching the next chapter in Batman: The Legacy Cowl, the first original DC comic on the blockchain that was shaped through fan voting. Releasing Thursday July 25, 2024, at San Diego Comic-Con and on the Candy Digital platform, the new physical-digital comic titled Catwoman: The Legacy Cowl is the next installment of the fan-voted DC comic series. Written by Cavan Scott with cover art by Jonboy Meyers and art by Fico Ossio, fans can collect the physical-digital comic for free at the DC booth at San Diego Comic-Con, while supplies last. The digital comic sale, with exclusive variant covers, will start on Thursday, July 25th at 12p.m. ET on the Candy Digital platform. Additionally, DC Booth visitors can redeem a free SDCC 2024 digital collectible, which automatically enters them for a chance to win a physical copy of DC’s comic book Batman #426 (“A Death in the Family” part one, 1988). DC Booth visitors can also claim a free Catwoman Claw component for an opportunity to burn and receive an exclusive SDCC-edition Legacy Cowl.

DC Panels SDCC 2024:

DC’s engaging panels and screenings will offer exclusive insights into the world of comics, animation, live action, and more, and offer fans a glimpse into the future of their favorite DC Super Heroes. Renowned writers, artists, and industry experts will take the stage to discuss upcoming projects, share behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and answer fan questions.

Fans can also immerse themselves in the DC Universe and discover what lies ahead for their beloved DC characters during panels featuring Mark Waid (Absolute Power) Jeph Loeb (The Last Halloween), Joshua Williamson (Superman), Josie Campbell (My Adventures with Superman), Rafael Grampá (Batman: Gargoyle of Gotham), Tom King (Wonder Woman), Tom Taylor (Nightwing) Jeremy Adams (Green Lantern), Ram V (Detective Comics), Nicole Maines (Absolute Power: Super Son), and more.

Whether attendees are curious about the next major DC story arcs or seeking insider knowledge about hit TV shows and more, DC’s panels and partner panels will be an essential destination for SDCC attendees.

Thursday, July 25, 2024:

12:45pm-1:45pm. ABSOLUTE POWER. (DC Comics Panel)

Join some of DC’s top story tellers in a can’t-miss panel that dives deeper into DC Comics’ 2024 blockbuster Summer event, and beyond. Room: 6DE

Friday, July 26, 2024:

1:45pm-2:45pm. JIM LEE & FRIENDS. (DC Panel)

Jim Lee (DC President, Publisher, and Chief Creative Officer)is on hand to bring out a few of his friends for discussions and reveals that will have everyone talking long after the Con is over! You won’t want to miss this. Room: 6DE

8:15pm-9:15pm. HARLEY QUINN & KITE MAN: HELL YEAH! (Max Original Panel)

Featuring sneak peeks at unreleased Kite Man: Hell Yeah! scenes and a look at what’s in store for Harley Quinn’s upcoming fifth season, join the cast and creators for a special discussion spanning both Max Original adult animated series from DC and Warner Bros. Animation. Panelists include Lake Bell (“Poison Ivy”), Matt Oberg (“Kite Man”), James Adomian (“Bane”), Dean Lorey (EP) virtualJustin Halpern (EP), Patrick Schumacker (EP). Moderated by Damian Holbrook, TV GuideRoom 6BCF

Saturday, July 27, 2024:

10:00am-11:00am. MY ADVENTURES WITH SUPERMAN. (Screening Presentation & Panel)

Join executive producers Jake WyattJosie CampbellBrendan Clogher, and voice cast members Jack QuaidAlice LeeIshmel Sahid, and Kiana Madeira as they answer your burning questions from season 2. Plus get the early scoop on all the action, comedy, and romance that awaits Clark, Lois, and Jimmy in Season 3. Airing on Adult Swim, My Adventures with Superman is produced by Warner Bros. Animation. Room: Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront

11:15am-12:15pm. SUPERMAN & LOIS. (Special Video Presentation and Q&A, presented by Warner Bros. Television)

Join executive producers Todd Helbing and Brent Fletcher with series stars Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch as they make their Comic-Con debut in Hall H! After season 3 ended on a major cliffhanger, fans won’t want to miss an exclusive trailer for the epic final season and learn what’s in store as Clark and Lois continue to navigate the challenges of parenthood while saving the world. Season 4 of SUPERMAN & LOIS returns with a special two-hour premiere event on Thursday, October 17 on The CW. Based on the characters from DC created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, SUPERMAN & LOIS is from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash, Batwoman, Supergirl), Todd Helbing (The Flash, Black Sails), Brent Fletcher (Lost, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Sarah Schechter (All American, Riverdale), and Geoff Johns (Titans, DC’s Stargirl). Room: Hall H

12:30pm-1:30pm. WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE DC MULTIVERSE. (DC Comics Panel)

Hear directly from some of the superstar writers and artists that are creating epic new storylines that push DC’s Super Heroes and Super-Villains beyond their limits in bold new adventures. Room: 6DE

1:45pm-2:45pm. GOTHAM CITY. (DC Comics Panel)

Walk the dark and gritty streets of the DC Universe with top DC Talent for news and surprises involving Batman and the other protectors of Gotham City. Room: 6DE

2:45pm-3:45pm. Batman: Caped Crusader (Screening Presentation & Panel)

Join executive producer Matt Reeves and cast members Hamish LinklaterJamie Chung and Minnie Driver for the world-premiere screening of the upcoming and highly anticipated series followed by a moderated Q&A where they will discuss their characters and tease key storylines in the upcoming season. From Warner Bros. Animation, Bad Robot Productions, 6th & Idaho, and based on DC characters, the series is a reimagining of the Batman mythology through the visionary lens of executive producers J.J. Abrams, Matt Reeves, and Bruce Timm. Batman: Caped Crusader executive producers also include Ed Brubaker, James Tucker, Daniel Pipski, Rachel Rusch Rich, and Sam Register. Room: 6BCF

4:45pm-5:45pm. THE PENGUIN. (HBO Original Panel)

The HBO® Original limited series, from Warner Bros. Television and DC Studios, continues Matt Reeves’ The Batman epic crime saga and centers on the character played by Colin Farrell in the film. The series debuts on HBO in September. Panelists include Colin Farrellvirtually (Oz Cobb aka “The Penguin” / EP), Cristin Milioti (Sofia Falcone), Rhenzy Feliz (Victor Aguilar), Matt Reeves (EP), Lauren LeFranc (Showrunner / EP), and Dylan Clark (EP). Moderated by Josh Horowitz, Host, MTV & Happy Sad Confused podcast. Room: Hall H

Sunday, July 28, 2024:

11:15am-12:15pm. DC BOOK CLUB. (DC Comics Panel)

DC highlights some of the creators behind the publisher’s popular young adult graphic novels, with exciting announcements about titles arriving soon! Star writers and artists will be discussing their fan-favorite projects and will be drawing your favorite DC characters. Room: 6DE

DC Comics Signings At SDCC 2024

Meet and greet the exceptional talent behind DC’s extraordinary comics, animation, films, and more, all weekend long! SDCC attendees will have the opportunity to get their comics signed and connect with the writers, artists, voice actors, actors, writers, and directors who bring these iconic characters to life. From seasoned veterans to rising stars, the DC talent signings are an exclusive chance to connect with the creative minds shaping the future of the DC Universe.

Stop by the DC Booth while at SDCC for a complete list of signings and appearances, including DC President, Publisher and Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee, James Tynion IV (The Nice House by the Sea), Mark Waid (Absolute Power), Raphael Grampa (Batman: Gargoyle of Gotham), Joshua Williamson (Superman), Tom Taylor (Nightwing), Mariko Tamaki (Zatanna: Bring Down the House) and more!

Special guests in the DC Booth will be AEW Wrestlers Swerve Strickland, Will Ospreay, Orange Cassidy, Toni Storm, Darby Allin and Britt Baker.

DC Comics In-Booth Events For SDCC 2024

Beginning Thursday, July 25, fans can visit the DC Booth (#4545) on the convention center floor at San Diego Comic-Con to see one of Oz Cobb’s iconic suits from The Penguin.

From 1pm-2pm on Thursday to Sunday, the DC Community team will be giving away a SDCC-exclusive poster of Jock’s Justice League vs Godzilla vs Kong #5 variant cover to all booth visitors who show proof of their DC Discord server membership while supplies last. The DC Community team will also be giving away exclusive DCUI ULTRA pins to DC Booth attendees who show proof of subscription to DCUI ULTRA while supplies last.

Every night from 6pm on Thursday to Saturday, DC invites fans to play The Joker is Wild, a game show hosted by Tim Sheridan. Fans will get a chance to play a decidedly different DC spin on the classic slot-machine trivia game while at SDCC! Can you conjure up three Jokers and answer the question correctly? Swing by the DC Booth on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 6pm to test your DC knowledge, press your luck, and win a fabulous prize!

Immerse yourself in the rich world of DC through interactive experiences that transport fans straight into the heart of the action. More details on DC’s activations in Booth #4545 will be revealed in the coming weeks.

DC Comics Off-Site Events For SDCC 2024

DC presence at SDCC 2024 outside of the new DC Booth will underscore the publisher’s commitment to delivering thrilling storytelling experiences across multiple platforms, including comics, movies, TV shows, video games, and more. As DC continues to expand its universe and captivate audiences worldwide, SDCC provides the perfect stage to highlight the next chapter in their remarkable journey.

NAFTOS, a global leader in collectible “Phygital” (physical and digital) products, will officially launch Pop Art Animation Cels at San Diego Comic-Con with five exclusive editions, including three Batman Animation Pop Art Animation Cels. Animation cels, cherished for their historical significance and artistic value, hold a special place in the hearts of animation fans and collectors alike. Limited to just 100 pieces per design, each cel is individually numbered and sealed for security, accompanied by an exclusive convention sticker. Additionally, special embellishments have been added to enhance the exclusivity and appeal of each cel. A free digital twin is also included, which can be accessed by scanning the QR code on the certificate of authenticity. The SDCC exclusive Pop Art Animation Cel will be available at Booth #5613.

Cartamundi, the worldwide leader in playing cards, will be unveiling the newest collection of DC Hybrid Trading Cards by Hro during San Diego Comic-Con. Sink your fangs into Hro’s latest limited-edition trading cards collection, inspired by DC vs. Vampires, dropping exclusively at San Diego Comic-Con 2024! Collect brand-new original artwork of fan-favorite characters, including Batman, Vampire Wonder Woman, and Vampire Green Lantern. Scan your cards into the Hro mobile app to complete your collection and rise up the DC vs. Vampires leaderboard to unlock incredible Rewards Cards featuring Vampire Punchline, Vampire Poison Ivy, and Black Lightning. The SDCC exclusive DC vs. Vampires collection will be available at Booth #4337.

Funko (Booth #5341) and Mondo (Booth #5137) will also offer must-have DC exclusives at SDCC, including a “Batman Returns poster by Dan Hipp, an All Star Batman & Robin the Boy Wonder #1 poster and a Superman #205 poster by Jim Lee, a “Batman (1989) Original Motion Picture Score 2XLP + Graphic Novel Box Set, and a POP! Heroes Batman/Superman Fusion collectible figure.

Available at Booth #3029, Mattel Creations will also offer the following exclusives in collaboration with Warner Bros. Discovery Global Consumer Products to celebrate 85 Years of Batman in 2024:

Fisher Price® Little People Collector Batman 85th Anniversary—The “I Am Batman Set” celebrates 85 years of Batman commemorating legendary on-screen portrayals from “Batman” in 1989 to the “The Batman” in 2022.

Hot Wheels® Batmobile Collector Set—Hot Wheels is celebrating 85 years of Batman with a six-pack of iconic Batmobiles + mini-figurines featuring the iconic Batmobiles from “Batman” (1966), “Batman” (1989), “Batman: The Animated Series,” “Batman Forever,” “Batman Begins,” and “The Batman”.

Join DC at San Diego Comic-Con in Booth #4545…and beyond! SDCC is where DC Super Heroes are made, imaginations soar, and fans become part of the story.

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