While DC Comics is in the middle of establishing structure within its feature film universe, the company is excelling on the small screen and within the comic pages. The recent celebratory event DC in D.C. 2018 was a star-studded and socially conscious look at how big and bold the brand has gotten in the recent past. The event's crown jewel may have been the stellar world premiere of The CW's Black Lightning, but it wasn't just the Freeland vigilante that CinemaBlend learned about during the event.

Here are six awesome factoids and reveals that we found out about during DC in D.C. 2018, from potential TV returns to big comic storylines to the darker animated side of the Dark Knight. Speaking of, let's kick things off with the most Bat-tastic news of all.

How DC Decides Which Animated Movies Are Rated R

Gotham By Gaslight is the 30th of DC and Warner Bros' animated superhero films, and it's the first Elseworlds title to come to life this way. The film offers a loose and more expansive take on the original story, but among other mature story elements, it maintains Jack the Ripper's haunting viciousness, and thus dutifully earns its R rating. Executive producer Bruce Timm, who first became an industry legend with Batman: The Animated Series, spoke with CinemaBlend and other press outlets ahead of the Gotham By Gaslight screening and shed some light on how R-rated animated projects are being handled by the companies.

Once we established that we were able to do an R-rated animated Batman movie, we had to have a big sit-down meeting with everybody and say, 'Now, going forward, we're not just going to make these movies however we want and see how they get rated.' Because DC especially is very, very sensitive to their characters, and they feel like ultimately it would hurt the brand if we just straight-up-and-down from now on [said] all the movies could be rated R. So, going forward, we basically said, 'Okay, this movie may get an R rating. Would you guys be okay with that?' Looking at the subject matter of Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, they said, 'Yes, that one, if it gets an R rating, we'll be okay with that.' The new Suicide Squad movie that's been announced that we're doing, again, it kinda lends itself to being R. But most of the movies won't. So I think it's gonna be on a case-by-case basis for the most part. Most Batman stories, I don't think need to be R-rated. This one obviously did. The Killing Joke, obviously, it needed to be R-rated. But like I said, I don't know if anyone needs to see an R-rated Superman movie or an R-rated Wonder Woman movie, so we'll see.

No one within DC or Warner Bros. wants to just crank out a bunch of bloody and sex-traipsed comic book stories willy nilly, running the risk of alienating more wholesome sectors of the fanbase. So the overall gameplan remains one in which traditional superhero vs. supervillain stories will be the bulk of DC's animated library. But whenever Bruce Timm and others are inspired to bring darker and more extreme Batman stories (and others) to fans via animation, we can be optimistic it'll happen.

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