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Lee and DiDio Comment on DC Comics’ Move to Burbank, Tease Donna/Wally?

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Lee and DiDio Comment on DC Comics’ Move to Burbank, Tease Donna/Wally?

UPDATE 11/12/2013 2:15 PM PT: As noticed by the sharp eyes at Newsarama, the latest edition of the “DC All Access” video series includes a cut to a whiteboard in Dan DiDio’s office during his conversation with Jim Lee, with writing that appears to make references to currently-in-limbo characters Donna Troy and Wally West, along with Stephanie Brown — recently in limbo but confirmed last month at New York Comic Con as making a return in upcoming weekly series “Batman: Eternal.”

The board unsurprisingly links “Wally” and “Flash,” plus “Donna” and “SM/WW,” presumably representing the “Superman/Wonder Woman” monthly series. “Stephanie” is linked with a scratched-out “BMW” — Newsarama reasonably guesses that means “Batman weekly” — and “Amazon,” much more of a question mark.

Stephanie Brown, Wally West and Donna Troy have all not been seen in current DC continuity since the dawn of the New 52 era in September 2011. While Stephanie’s return has been announced, no plans for Wally or Donna have been specified by DC Comics.

It’s worth nothing that it’s at least possible that this is a deliberate red herring placed into the video, following the amount of attention given to last week’s “All Access” video, in which papers on DiDio’s office wall seemed to confirm the rumored “Five Years Later” event is indeed in development.

DC Entertainment co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio addressed the forthcoming relocation of the company’s publishing division from New York City to Burbank, California on Tuesday’s installment of the “DC All Access” video series, with both making it clear that they expect it to yield positive results.

“I know this is a heavy decision, but I’m thrilled by the notion to finally be able to work with you in one location,” Lee told DiDio in the video. “Having a united DC will mean some amazing, amazing things for the company.”

“The goal is to make sure we’re still the same company, and a better company at the end of the day,” DiDio responded. “I see the energy, and the excitement and the growth that’s coming out of the west coast offices… I have to admit, I look at what’s going on in the digital, and I get a little jealous.”

DiDio, who’s been with DC Comics for more than a decade, stated the “key message” is that the publisher won’t change, other than becoming “bigger, better and stronger.”

“We’re showing growth in both print and digital,” DiDio said. “Our stuff is getting bigger. From my standpoint, it’s a great time to be at DC, to be reading DC, but more importantly, none of that’s going to change by making a switch like that.”

DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson notified employees late last month that the DC Comics publishing division, located in New York since its inception, would move west in 2015, with every employee said to be given the chance to relocate. Such a move had been widely speculated since DC’s digital operations moved to Burbank in 2010, with the intention of being more closely integrated with parent company Warner Bros. Entertainment.

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