DC Universe To Be Rebooted; How Will It Affect the Justice League Film?

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Today marks the biggest development for DC Comics since 1985 and Crisis On Infinite Earths. It may, in fact, be the company’s biggest development ever.

At the end of August – following the current comic book crossover Flashpoint – DC’s entire line of books will be rebooted with 52 number one issues, starting with Geoff Johns and Jim Lee’s newer, younger, redesigned Justice League.

How will this reboot (and the redesigns) affect the upcoming DCU feature films – especially Justice League? Keep on reading.

Here’s the press release, courtesy of the DCU Source Blog:

“On Wednesday, August 31st, DC Comics will launch a historic renumbering of the entire DC Universe line of comic books with 52 first issues, including the release of Justice League by New York Times bestselling writer and DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns and bestselling artist and DC Comics Co-Publisher Jim Lee. The publication of Justice League issue 1 will launch day-and-date digital publishing for all these ongoing titles, making DC Comics the first of the two major American publishers to release all of its superhero comic book titles digitally the same day as in print.

“DC Comics will only publish two comic books on August 31st: the final issue of this summer’s comic book mini-series Flashpoint and the first issue of Justice League by Johns and Lee, two of the most distinguished and popular contemporary comic book creators, who will be collaborating for the first time. Together they will offer a contemporary take on the origin of the comic book industry’s premier superhero team.”

Soon after the initial release, DCE Senior Vice President of Sales Bob Wayne sent out a letter on the matter. Below are the more interesting sections (via Bleeding Cool), underlined for emphasis:

“[T]he new #1s will introduce readers to a more modern, diverse DC Universe, with some character variations in appearance, origin and age. All stories will be grounded in each character’s legend – but will relate to real world situations, interactions, tragedy and triumph.

“We think our current fans will be excited by this evolution, and that it will make jumping into the story extremely accessible to first-time readers – giving them a chance to discover DC’s characters and stories.

“We have taken great care in maintaining continuity where most important, but fans will see a new approach to our storytelling.

“Some of the characters will have new origins, while others will undergo minor changes. Our characters are always being updated; however, this is the first time all of our characters will be presented in a new way all at once.

“Dan DiDio, Bob Harras and Eddie Berganza have been working diligently to pull together some of the best creative teams in the industry. Over 50 new costumes will debut in September, many updated and designed by artist Jim Lee, ensuring that the updated images appeal to the current generation of readers.”

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Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s version of the JLA

Additionally, USA Today talked to Geoff Johns and Jim Lee about the announcement. Again, here are the more interesting sections:

Justice League will begin its first year with an updated secret origin reflecting DC’s new initiative, giving the group a reason for coming together that it lacked when the league first appeared in 1960. And while it will ultimately boast 14 members, at its core will be DC’s A-list do-gooders: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern and Aquaman.

The characters also are getting a makeover. While most of the specifics are still top secret, Lee says he worked with both staff and freelance artists to redesign costumes in a contemporary way as well as alter the physicality of many heroes and villains to modernize the DC Universe.

The recent emphasis on diverse characters such as lesbian superheroine Batwoman, Hispanic hero Blue Beetle and African-American adventurer Cyborg (who will be a core member of Johns and Lee’s new Justice League) also will continue.

Regardless of what you think of the various announcements today, “haters” and “fanboys” alike (of which there are many on both sides) can agree that it’s a pretty damn bold move. Though some are calling this DC’s version of a canonical Ultimate Universe, it’s more akin to the original plan for Crisis On Infinite Earths – which was to enact a full, in-continuity reboot.

It seems, at the outset, that this change was done for a few major reasons:

  1. To gain new readers by offering comics, characters, and stories unburdened by a massive amount of continuity and backlog (I call this the “Ultimate Universe” approach)
  2. To dive head-first with fresh content into the digital arena – a much-needed move in an increasingly digital world, where comic books are losing money and print is dying fast (you can pretty much guarantee Marvel will announce a similar digital move in the next few weeks and pretend like DC’s announcement had nothing to do with it)
  3. To streamline all their characters/properties across all media so fans of, say, a Justice League film won’t be confused when they then pick up a Justice League comic book (I call this the “Business first, artistic merit second” approach)

That’s right, if you want an idea of what the Justice League film might entail, Geoff Johns and Jim Lee’s Justice League #1 – like Johns’ Green Lantern: Secret Origin and Superman: Secret Origin influenced Green Lantern and Man of Steel movies before it – is probably the best place to start.

Check out the first image for Johns and Lee’s Justice League #1 below:

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Note: Flash’s baby-sized head looks strange atop his massive and muscular frame.

As you can see, the main Justice League roster is: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, The Flash, and Teen Titans‘ Cyborg (one of the stars of Flashpoint), all of whom have movies in development, save for Cyborg. (I guess if this comes off without a hitch, we can assume a Cyborg movie’s on the way, as well?)

Essentially, it’s “the big seven” Justice League minus Martian Manhunter.

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Alex Ross’ version of “the big seven” JLA

It’s worth noting a few things about the new costume designs:

  • First, with the exception of Batman, The Flash, and Cyborg, they all have a vague uniformity with regard to the collars. (This is very important!)
  • Second, Batman’s comic book costume now resembles his cinematic counterpart’s more than it ever has before. Compare the above design to that of the bat-suit in The Dark Knight. The similarity is no accident.
  • Third, Jim Lee obviously isn’t a huge fan of the Green Lantern film’s character design either, as the new one looks just like the old one.
  • Fourth, Wonder Woman’s widely-mocked new design from last year has been replaced by the one above — though similar, it looks about five times better.

Recently, our very own Rob Keyes discussed the (at the time) upcoming “big announcement” by Johns and Lee and wondered what it meant for Warner Bros.’ tent-pole Justice League film. Rob said it seemed strange that a Justice League film would utilize different actors for characters that will already have their own movies – i.e. Ryan Reynolds/Green Lantern and Henry Cavill/Man of Steel.

Now, today’s move doesn’t really explain why it would be necessary to use all new actors (after all, this Justice League will incorporate younger, twenty-early thirty somethings just like the forthcoming Green Lantern and Man of Steel films will). However, it does explain what Johns and Lee meant when they referred to a “bombshell announcement about the future of Superman and the entire DC Universe.”

The most interesting thing that will come of this – besides how it will affect the future of superhero cinema – is how Marvel will respond. Because rest assured, they will respond. The last time DC made a big announcement (circa New York Comic Con 2010, regarding comic book pricing), Marvel scrambled to announce something similar but less impactful as if they had planned to do so all along.

Expect more information about this line-wide reboot and how it will affect the future of DC superhero movies to come out in the next few days, weeks, and months, but especially at the Hero Complex Film Festival next month (via @LATherocomplex):

“Yes you will be hearing (and seeing) a LOT more about that DC news at the Hero Complex Film Festival”

Can’t wait.

Green Lantern hits theaters June 17th, Man of Steel hits theaters December 2012, and Justice League hits theaters 2013.

Sources: DCU Source Blog, Bleeding Cool, USA Today, Hero Complex Twitter

Follow me on Twitter @benandrewmoore.

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  1. Haven’t they done that recently with the whole Final Crisis Saga? I thought that this was “the” “Final Crisis” to reboot the entire DC Universe. Anyway i don’t uderstand anithing that is happening in the DC Universe today…

    • That’s exactly why they’re doing this. There are so many different characters (3 Flashes, 4 Green Lanterns, 3 or 4 Robins, Batmans, etc.) with different continuities, etc. Characters die and are reborn every few years. It’s chaos. The “Infinite Crisis” and “Final Crisis” events were supposed to fix everything, but back then the DC higher-ups didn’t want to restart everything from #1. Now they’ve decided to man up and finally fix the mess in order to have a streamlined universe that’s “smaller” and more manageable (and one that can be more easily exploited for future movies. I can almost guarantee that this Justice League Secret Origin will become the basis of the JL movie, and I would bet money that there’s a Batman Secret Origin around the corner that will be the basis for the Batman reboot they’ve been talking about).

    • Final Crisis was not a reboot in any sense.

  2. Well I guess I stop buying DC in August-September..and I am buying over 25 titles from this company every month

    I think as a regular buyer of both DC and Marvel..this pi$$es me off to no end..I am so tempted to cancel all my DC titles right now and say to hell with DC “continuity”.. I wouldn’t describe it so much as bold but more greed motivated..They are basically $hitting all over those of us who have been buying their titles..THEY JUST REBOOTED GREEN LANTERN, FLASH, GREEN ARROW, TITANS, and numerous other titles..WTF!!! this makes no sense..alienate life long readers to get some new blood buying their titles..YEAH CAPITALISM!!

    I love Lee’s and John’s work but this is too retarded in my opinon..

    Rant done

    • Greenknight I agree for the most part. There are some positives I can see but over all I agree. It feels like I’ve wasted the last 15 years of my life reading DC comics. Nothing I’ve read has mattered it’s starting all over. Then not only is it all starting over, but they are not telling us anything at this point. In order for people to want to buy the comics you should at least tell them a few more details.

      • DC has actually lowered the prices of its comics, by and large, from 3.99 to 2.99.

        • You also get less original material now too Ben as the last few pages( 4 or 5) of all their titles carry a preview of something they are trying to pitch like Road to Flashpoint or War of the Green Lanterns. It’s nice they lowered the price by 25% but I am also getting 25% less original material..so they are not really saving me anything in the end..

          • That’s not true. The previews don’t take away any content from the books. It’s not like they only have 27 pieces of paper to print pages on and they’d fill them up with original content if it weren’t for those darn preview pages.

            • I disagree with you..they have less pages of ORIGINAL material and the more expensive titles that carry more pages and original artwork and stories have just that ..more orginal material instead of reprinted previews..

              • The more expensive books tend to have more pages, that’s true. But you’re not getting my very specific point — the preview pages have absolutely nothing to do with that. They don’t take away from the original content. In fact, that content would’ve been 22 pgs. at 2.99 regardless of whether or not there were preview pages. Do you really disagree with that? Because you’re disagreeing with a fact, if that’s the case.

                • http://youbentmywookie.com/entertainment/dc-comics-drawing-the-line-at-299-in-2011-sort-of-11136

                  I am arguing your “fact”.. there is LESS original content than when they were 3.99..atleast 10% less..but then I am only debating what you consider fact Ben…

                  • No, you stated that the preview pages were taking up your original content, which is unequivocally false. Don’t change your “facts” after the fact. There’s a fixed original content pg. # for the 2.99 books, preview pages or not.

                    • What are you not getting here? There are less pages of ORIGINAL material since they lowered the price to 2.99..that’s it..fixed pages or not Ben..I get less original artwork and script for my 2.99..the previews and extra ads are chaep filler that maintain the illusion that this comic gives you the same amount of original material (volume of material I guess) as when it was priced 3.99..cheaper price but smaller portion..bottom line..

                      and the debate rages on :)

                    • That’s not what you wrote originally, Greenknight. And I quote:

                      “You also get less original material now too Ben as the last few pages( 4 or 5) of all their titles carry a preview of something they are trying to pitch like Road to Flashpoint or War of the Green Lanterns. It’s nice they lowered the price by 25% but I am also getting 25% less original material..so they are not really saving me anything in the end..”

                      The implication being that the previews are taking away from the original content. Else why would you bring the previews up at all? As Archaeon said, there are preview pages in all the books, including the 3.99 books. There have been preview pages for decades and they’ll be around forever. That’s the nature of business.

              • I just counted pages of actual story material in two $2.99 DC comics: “Detective Comics” #877 and “World of Flashpoint” #1.

                Each has 20 pages of original content (the comic story, itself). Each also has a “Super8″ comic preview/contest that is SEPERATE from those 20 pages, as well as the usual ads editor/comment pages…again, SEPERATE from the 20 story pages. Of course, I also am not including the front and back covers (inside and outside) since those are rarely, IF EVER, filled with any narrative story material.

                Take that as you wish, but I think these issues make a very good case that you’re not losing any story.

                • Count the pages of original material at the 3.99 price and you get less material for the 2.99..they are saving me money, which I appreciate, but it is misleading…

                  • But how is getting more pages for more money misleading? Or (2) less pages for less money, for that matter? You’re right that you’re getting 10% less content, but you’re paying 25% less for the overall.

      • My attitude now Daniel is like “What IS the point of reading DC?”

        Maybe it will work out but “they don’t like to keep secrets” yet DC are telling us very little about this new initiative..I agree whole-heartedly with the points you have made

  3. I guess the Flashpoint series will actually have a lasting effect on DC universe continuity..I’m betting the last issue of Flashpoint will lead the arc into the new JL…still sucks though..and yes the grapes are very sour!! ;)

  4. Grant Morrison did such a great job on X-Men he cant possibly do any thing to ruin the JLA ;-) Plus the large puffy feet are awesome ;-)

    • Wait, is that Grant Morrison remark sarcastic? New X-Men is widely considered to be a game-changer. Moreover, he’s not on Justice League, though he did a pretty amazing job with it back in the day.

  5. Didn’t a DC Comics representative recently come out and state, “DC Comics has more in-depth characters than Marvel, and that contributes to the company’s long-term success?”

    So… Why the reboot? Oh, wait!

    Marvel Comics has more movies out than DC Comics. Although some of them are not as successful as “The Dark Knight”, (which only became a blockbuster due to a famous actor’s death), they seem to be having more success in moving their characters to the big screen.

    Next week… DC Comics changes their logo to match the UN. Why? Its all about globalization.

    • A) No one from DC ever said that. What you’re thinking of is something Geoff Johns said at last year’s NYCC: “I’m going to speak frankly: I think our characters are bigger than Marvel’s.” He said that he’d rather spend time building each character on his or her own rather than “smashing them together.” B) The characters are the same. They’re just younger. C) If you really think that’s the only reason The Dark Knight was successful, then I imagine you think The Dark Knight Rises won’t do very well. D) NONE of Marvel’s movies have done as well as The Dark Knight. When you say “some,” it implies that even one of them has done as well, which just isn’t true.

      • Excellent (and necessary) response, Ben :D

        • Why does this DC vs. Marvel argument always come up? Can’t we all just enjoy all of it?

          That being said, although no Mavrvel movie has reached TDK’s numbers, what other DC movie has come close to the Marvel movies? None really, so it isnt that far off.

          I do agree though Ledger dying had little to do with the success of TDK (although it did have some, saying it had none is rediculous. If he hadn’t died, so many criticts would have not even bothered reviewing it and thus would have missed seeing Ledger’s insanely good performance). Now, with that I must say, as amazingly good as he was in that film (THE BEST comic book movie performance ever in my opinion), the rest of that movie was very lacking. Every time he was not on the screen I was very bored and wishing he was on the screen.

          Anyway, I kind of wenrt off my point, why must we forever have the Marvel vs. DC argument? I like them both, have my opinions on both sides good and bad, but they are all Super Heroes and all characters we should embrace as comic book fans and not hate on one group or another…..its almost prejudice…..lol

    • The dark knight would have been just as successful without the death of ledger. It was is performance that peeps wanted to see, not a morbid fascination of watching a last performance.

      Dc is always five steps ahead of marvel in the business end of things. Even though the digital comic releasing the same day as the paperback is a long time coming.

      We will see marvel scramble for an answer to the digital end with stan lee proclaiming is genius, and how it was his idea in the first place, that idea I’m talking about is the internet. And how far ahead of the curve they want you to believe they are.

      I’m disappointed with the absence of martian manhunter. I always like the idea of the team mental link and the problems that go with it ie just what else does jonn take out of your head.

      We will see in jeph we trust.

      Ps I’m not a marvel hater, I just think kriby deserves more credit than stan.

    • Agreed at the time i remember hearing on tv that it was the role that killed him and people wanting to see why it happen. I love the Superman, Batman The Flash, Green Lantern and etc. But i do agree it had alot to do with his death it was reference on tv and articles in magazines and the internet.

    • yeah. nope.

  6. I haven’t read all the comments yet, but I notice Superman’s red shorts are now gone. I’m OK with that, but I know some fans will have a major problem with that. Every time the idea has been brought up in the past, particularly in regard to movies, major fits have been thrown.

  7. They had better have a good reason to do this,otherwise this could be the nail in the coffin for their hard-copy publishing arm.Not to mention alienating long-time fans (like myself).Also justifying the prices for the titles.

    • Ummm, DC has their mainstream titles set at the price of $2.99. Special issues of various sorts, of course, cost more. You’re thinking of EVERY OTHER publisher. $2.99 is actually quite fair, nowadays.

  8. This is absolutely rediculous, period! I was around for the Crisis of the Infinite Earths, and let me say, this next change couldn’t come close to Crisis, which by the way, I hated. To me, DC just came out and kicked the people who keep them in business when they almost went belly up after the Golden Age. The only reason the Silver-Age took off was because of one group of people and one group only, The Greatest Generation, The Baby Boomers. Now, DC has come out and kicked us to the curb, and are now placating the snotnoses. A note to DC, first you’re going to have to teach this young Generation how to read, something they didn’t learn in the first 12 grades of school. All they’ll do is look at the pretty pictures, so you can probably get away with a lame storylines. Oh, they’ll buy the books, all 52 brand new shiney Issues only to put them directly into a bag and backing without reading it because they think they’ll put their children through college with all the pretty number ones. And, DC, take a page out of the Marvel playbook, and release 10 different covers to each number one, with an extra special one to be numbered 0, which you’ll be able to charge $250-$500 for, they’re suckers, they’ll buy anything. Now, back to the people that you kicked to the curb, the Baby Boomer generation. I can gaurantee you that none of us will ever pick up one of these Teen Titan ripoffs. What next DC, Wonder Twins Powers activate? Hey DC, Kiss my Baby Boomer ass, cause I was going to buy the movies when they came out on DVD for not only me, but for my grandchildren. Plus, I probably would’ve bought two complete set of new books to give to my grandchildren also, but now, DC will never get another dime out of me. I hope this big new project fails and DC goes out of business. DROP DEAD DC!

    • Sheesh, CALM DOWN!

      “DROP DEAD DC!”

      Really?

      You know little to nothing about how this event will play out OR how long it will last. None of us know the details, but we know DC does NOT want to lose its most financially viable fans, so why do you think they are going to do ANYTHING so drastic that it will not be either stunningly amazing (which is what I’m guessing) or fairly easily recoverable???

      This news is NO reason–or excuse–to burst a blood vessel.

    • You mad bro???

      It’s not that big of a deal. Get over your self.

    • If you think the boomers are the greatest gen please pass the pipe. The greatest gen was the one before the boomers. The boomers only claim to fame is the number of them and nothing eles. Greedy attention whoring nerf hearders are what boomers are.

      Just look at your whine tastic post degrading all younger gens and at the same time propping yourself up. How typical. Why don’t you take your self serving attitude to Florida and hand the reins to us young wiper snappers. Wait you have to teach me to read this post first before I publish it.

      Instead of getting off your high horse you should br pushed off. I don’t think you titanium hip will break.

      • @cyborg & XFringe – Both of you have had your say, now let’s move back to talking about the topic at hand – DC Comics Being Rebooted – before this thread gets hijacked by some off topic convo.

        Thanks,

        Paul Young

    • “The only reason the Silver-Age took off was because of one group of people and one group only, The Greatest Generation, The Baby Boomers.”

      Uhh………you do realize that “The Greatest Generation” was the Generation that grew up during the Great Depression and then won World War 2 while the “Baby-Boomers” are their —-Children—- (the “BabyBoom” was when all those Soldiers and Sailors came home after the War to raise families, start the Hells Angels, etc.) hence you are speaking of TWO groups and TWO groups only………

      Excelsior

  9. I suppose that this makes sense commercially for DC, but I have gotten to a point where I don’t enjoy Jim Lee’s work and Geoff John is often leaving me wanting. Why redesign iconic uniforms?

    Or maybe I am just too old and need to be left in Earth-New Frontier if such exists. I miss the mess before the original Crisis.

  10. I’m amused by all the hate, and glad to see all the support. In situations like this, I try to put myself in the creative’s shoes. The DC Universe is all kinds of screwy, and the 5 or 6 previous “reboots” (please don’t quote me, I don’t know how many there have REALLY been…it just FEELS like 5 or 6) didn’t really help, they seemed to have made things worse. If I were Johns I would be looking for a way to start fresh, and this would be one of the options. It’s that simple really. It’s a change to continue with the characters we all love, but it’s also a way to start fresh and new.

    • All at once, seems risky…. Thinking Superman will get the biggest change to his origin and story considering his legal woes. Though I wouldnt be surprised if the JL movie starts moving along pretty fast now, and it’ll be based on the new continuity.

      I do like when the author makes some points about why the reboot may be occuring. Point One, The Ultimate Universe Approach. It skates quietly around the fact that Marvel did it first. But Point Two, regarding digital comics makes it pretty obvious that Marvel is going to end up copying and pretend it was its own idea. You cant point out that DC is copying Marvel but get all kranky at the idea that the reverse may happen soon.

      • didnt mean to reply to Ken;s post there. Mine was just a random comment.

  11. Great, can’t wait for Batman to be out of Morrison’s hands and just start over, an easier beginning for Flash and Aquaman, and Cyborg hitting the big time.

  12. I can’t wait to see what happens IF this fails miserably…..then we will get “New Final Crisis” to rever everything back to how it is now. Kind of like when Marvel restarted all their FF/Avengers titles, now they are back to their normal numbering and stories. I know those were brought on by Onslaught, and were intended to be 12 issue series, but when they came back from Franklin’s Blue Ball (that sounds wrong….) they were all starting at #1. After a few months, they changed it back to the normal numbering and pretty much forgot all that happened.

    I am guessing that will happen here if enough hate comes out of it.

  13. I think that DC has made a terrible mess trying to reorganize their hwole universe after the Crisis on Infinite Earths’s reboot. And that show the remarcable job that Giordano and the hwole DC group from that time has done with the entire DC Universe, i think that this was one of the best (if it’s not the best) Crossover that i’ve ever read (WITH ONLY 12 ISSUES), and could be the best in comicbook’s history. But while they are trying to fix it now, the more they are messing it up, i think that this is their chance to organize everything and make a Universe that can make sense. oh! and PLEASE DC MAKE IT F***** UNDERSTANDABLE!!!!!!!!

  14. The “same-day-as-print” thing is really cool on DC’s part, but I see a lot of people saying “oh Marvel will do the same thing and claim it was their idea.” Now I know that Marvel doesn’t do the same-day thing yet, but they’ve really been working on the digital comics thing and I’ve been taking part of that for a while now. I freely admit that I’m ignorant whether DC has had a digital comics system in place prior to this announcement, but it seems weird to me that many people are proclaiming DC’s brilliance on this front, and preemptively accusing Marvel of taking credit in the future, when Marvel themselves have been working on digital stuff for a while.

    Please enlighten me about DC’s prior digital comics efforts, I’m a fan of both publishers but I’ve been somewhat slacking on the DC front this past year.

    • DC has had digital comics prior to this announcement, but you’re right to say that Marvel was the first of the two to go digital. BUt as I understand it, while Marvel has concentrated on digital subscriptions that allow the user to download a whole swath of comics all at once, DC has instead gone with specific comics and day and date releases (which, in my opinion, are a more attractive option). In the past year or so, Marvel has been a bit slower on the digital front and were quite taken aback when DC also got a deal through ComiXology.

    • It’s true that Bob Wayne just sent out a (fearful?) letter to retailers that said it’s not a reboot, but in the same sentence he said there will be a “new DCU.” Yesterday, Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, and Dan Didio said: “This was a chance to start, not at the beginning, but at a point where our characters are younger and the stories are being told for today’s audience.” Furthermore, what information we do have about books — like the new Firestorm book by Ethan Van Sciver and Gail Simone — indicates that already established Firestorm characters Ronnie and Raymond who weren’t in high school when they became their respective Firestorms are now, as separate Firestorms, in high school. That’s a reboot of those characters, no matter how you swing it.

      Obviously, we’ll have to wait and see what all this means, but it’s looking more and more like the entirety of the DCU has been rebooted…with the exception of bestselling titles like Green Lantern (and possibly Batman). Whatever that means.

  15. I hope they bring back the Young All Stars, and then put them on screen. I’d love to see “Iron” Munro and Fury in a movie.

  16. So, what happens with Batman, Inc.? They just transferred the reigns to Grayson and Damien(who is a snot-nosed little punk) in Gotham, now this? Does this mean we go all the way back to the original Caped Crusaders? (meaning just Bruce and Dick.) If so, then I understand what they have been doing the last 2 years with New Krypton, the War of Light, and so on. It looks to me like DC wanted to take the characters to places they have never been before while they had the opportunity.

    I just hope digital comics don’t ruin comic collecting, I just restarted last year! :(

    • This is a very good question, and one I had, too, but it’s entirely possible (hell, even probable) that Morrison’s Batman will be one of the continuities to stick around.

    • In Batman # 717 I think..coming up soon ..Dick starts to reconsider taking on the Batman mantle now that Bruce Wayne is back..I wouldn’t expect him to continue as Batman..just like Steve Rogers is set to become Captain America again and Bucky Barnes is no longer Cap..

  17. Thought everyone might get a kick out the recent post on the-gutters: http://www.the-gutters.com/

  18. Being a big fan of the Ultimate Marvel line, I really appreciate that DC is looking for more congruency among their titles.

    I have read Green Lantern for years, and I was actually surprised and impressed at Superman: Year One. However, I have spent more time trying to research backstory than I have have reading actual comic books of any other character. I think this (non)reboot will be a great way to get a lot of readers who grew up on Marvel to branch out.

    Also, say goodbye to comic book stores. Fanboy love doesn’t pay the rent, and hard drives are lighter than milk crates.

  19. I Think it is a smart/risky move for them to release this (non)reboot and frankly I applaud the action. I’m glad to see they aren’t afraid to take a risk to try to modernize the DCU. As much as I have prided myself on knowing the back-stories and histories of such iconic characters, and agreeing with MrBlades, I too have spent far more time researching characters and their histories than I have enjoying the actual comics. Honestly as Iconic as Superman is, the red tights over the blue spandex is something I am willing to let go of at this day in age. I love the new look for Bats, because honestly I dont care how good you are, you cant successfully fight crime without body armor. And it’s nice to finally see a version of Cyborg that doesn’t look like he shakes it for dollar bills on his off time. I think over all the revamp is a good move.

  20. Did anyone else notice that the Green Lantern’s ring is on his left hand instead of his right? weird, lol just a little observation.

  21. Jim lee and Grant morrison are obviously way more impressed with themselves and their “legacy” than anyone else is. You don’t have to make the heroes “contemporary.” They are fine the way they are. You don’t need to change their costumes and make them “dark and edgy”. By doing so, you lose the original fanbase, including me. If you want to change anything, go change your mindsets. read the article about Richard Donner and why he wanted to stay true to the stories. Read about why the last Superman movie didn’t do so well. If you are bored with these characters, give them to someone who has a love for them as they are. If you want to write about hard “edgy” characters, write your own characters, and stop trying to get your rocks off on the icons of the comic book world, who have somehow persisted into this century just fine without your help.

    • Thank you, John Smith. Very well put!

    • Say what you will about Jim Lee, but Grant Morrison will go down as a legendary contributor to these characters. Not only does he sell in droves, but he also is probably the most critically successfully mainstream superhero comics writer since Alan Moore. Who, by the way, isn’t a mainstream superhero comics writer anymore.

  22. Damn. I was really hoping Martian Manhunter would have been on the team, always thought he was a very interesting character.

  23. I think Justice League of America movie is filming outside Albuquerque New Mexico. Weekend of July 15 we noticed film signs that said “JLAM” west of San Ysidro off highway 550. I could not find news on internet to confirm.

    Anybody else know about this?

    • That’s very unlikely.

  24. Changing actors on characters so recently after the movies come out kind of blows. Same reason I won’t see the spiderman reboot. It is just way too soon to reboot it.

  25. I don’t think the DC Universe need more reboots. The Crisis on Infinite Earths limited series did a fantastic job. It had streamline a lot of the five thousand known DC Comics characters. It had eliminated duplications, enhancing some and introduced new ones. I think the DC writers and artists should use the references in this series to launch live versions of our beloved superheros in the movies. A huge credit to George Perez and Marv Wolfman for the outstanding job they had done for this series. I hope the new team will take this into consideration.

  26. All this couninty jazz reminds me of one thing,old fasion soap operas. I mean think about it they had charters who would die and come back a year later. Female charters who went from sterile to pregnant. One lady on As the World Turns was shot,stabbed,kidnapped,cloned,dead and returned all in two years. So there you have it comic books are soap operas on pages,chew on this

  27. It is funny how Jim Lee is self dubbed as ” a comic superstar.” That is just so pretentious. ‘Repackage superstar’ is more like it. Just like Xmen in the 90s. Then Repackage Xmen as WILDCATS. Rip off even more DC and Marvel Characters. I hate the #1 gimmick of just restarting series at #1 just with the hope of people buying them because it is issue #1. At least the final founders of IMAGE Larson and McFarlane let their series run into the hundreds. Detective Comics would have reached over 1000 if it was not for this self serving relaunch. Ok now that Jim Lee runs DC Wildcats characters are part of DC continuity? Really? Where is Sam Keith’s the MAXX? I’d much prefer that to a GRIFTER series.(Wasn’t that part of Wildstorm?) Hellspont vs Superman are you kidding me>? Seriously? Wow, ok. Now Jim has the reigns he can directly rip off Alan Moore by taking WATCHMEN and (wait for it, drum roll…) Repackage! Don’t get me started on TPB repackages of the “new 52″ Oh I’ll say it again Jim Lee = REPACKAGE SUPERSTAR.

  28. I don’t agree with this change at all. I honestly feel like they just threw away so many years of DC comic history by doing this. I think it was an impulsive move done to get more readers.

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