DC Teases “Wally,” “Donna,” “Five Years Later” in All-Access

Don’t get your hopes (or dander) up just yet, but in DC Comics’ latest “All Access” video aimed at fans, they teased a few fan-favorite characters by leaving the names “Wally,” “Donna” and “Stephanie” on a whiteboard. They’re also planning a series called Five Years Later, rumored to be looking at the near future of the New 52.

Wally and Donna on a Whiteboard, screencap via Newsarama

Stephanie Brown has been confirmed returning as Spoiler in “Batman Eternal,” so anything’s possible at this point.

Wally West and Donna Troy could appear in the future series, but not the present of the New 52, or perhaps they might show up in Flash and Superman/Wonder Woman as suggested by the board. Either way, it’s worth remembering that many characters have changed significantly in the New 62, and an updated version of Wally or Donna could easily be missing the characteristics that appeal to their fan base.

It could just as easily be misdirection.

Even if it’s a real plan, plans change. The last seven years of The Flash are littered with abandoned plots (everything teased in Flash: Rebirth and Flash Secret Files 2010 that didn’t directly involve the Reverse Flash), dropped characters (never mind the speedsters, how much have we seen of Piper since his reintroduction?) and stories (the Gem Cities cold-case story that was going to focus on Barry Allen’s civilian side), abrupt changes in direction (do I really have to spell it out?), and even outright lies (remember the solicitations for Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #14 and 15?).

(Personally, I wouldn’t put an outright prank past the current regime at DC.)

So the names are out there. Make of it what you will, but it’s way too early to pull out your Jump To Conclusions mat.

4 thoughts on “DC Teases “Wally,” “Donna,” “Five Years Later” in All-Access

  1. Collected Editions

    A lot of cynicism in this post, and I’m in agreement. It’s unfortunate that these teases *don’t* give us more hope; I think somewhere along the way DC tried to play Marvel’s semi-adversial game with the fans but didn’t get the tenor quite right, and it’s made us skeptics rather than believers.

    What does that image say for Stephanie? Kind of looks like “BmW” (Batman Weekly) is crossed out, and “Amazon” is written instead. Hm …

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  2. Kyer

    New 62? 😛

    The names *were* out there…on a board that can very easily be wiped clean. It has no meaning at all.
    Am I mad? No. This past year I’ve been moving from angry at DC Ed to indifferent to most everything related to them. Been slowly pruning down the amount of DC sites I visit and previews I look at. Figure another year and this will likely be the only place I go to for DC news at all. Even CBR DC previews are mostly for morbid curiosity regarding the current train wrecks.

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  3. Wayne Lippa

    As pointed out, the current regime at DC is notorious for teasing things that turn out to be not true and/or don’t happen. I don’t follow these kinds of things anymore because I don’t believe anything they say until I actually see it come to pass in a published work. Which is pretty sad, when you think about it. I’ve been reading DC comics since Flash #1 in 1987 and I have never felt as indifferent to their comics as I do now.

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