There we go, classic Cryptic. Couple that with Roper's nickel and diming micro-tranactions and we have CoX meets Hellgate. Can we just have DCUO already please?
Micro-transactions are probably not going to go away anytime soon. It costs more and more to develop games every generation, but gamers expect the prices to remain the same. I paid $15/mo for a subscription to Meridian 59 12 years ago and $15/mo is still the gold standard for MMOs, despite being many times more expensive to develop and support.
Developers/Publishers have to recoup their money and make a profit some way, and one of those ways is to offer optional content for players who can and want to give additional financial support to the game they enjoy. As long as this stuff is pure fluff, I've got no complaints. When it starts being radical, game-altering content, then I'll get up on the soapbox with you.
As for DCUO, wouldn't hold my breath for it. Word is it's still pretty far out on the horizon and might not come into the market until the 4th quarter of 2010, possibly 2011. Chances are pretty damn good that they'll be doing micro-transactions as well.