When Zack Snyder's Man of Steel releases in the summer of next year, DC Entertainment hopes that the blockbuster film will inspire a new interest in comics featuring the last son of Krypton. While DC's 'New 52' already sports several different series starring Superman, they are reportedly looking to add one more, specifically tailored to that Man of Steel audience.
Artist Scott Snyder has several times over expressed an interest in starting a Superman book, but with so many comics already in production and he being committed to Batman, that seemed unlikely. However, a new rumor suggests Snyder will in fact be starting up his own book, and as expected, the comic would be a tie in with the Zack Snyder film.
At the moment, however, this is only a pipe dream for Snyder - but Bleeding Cool believes it will happen and they suggest Jim Lee will provide the art.
Lee has already announced his intent to leave Justice League around issue 16, which puts the earliest this Man of Steel comic book project could get going at some time next year. As well, Snyder just wrapped his "Court of Owls" storyline in Batman, and is preparing for the next Joker-centric arc in the series - giving him a considerable amount of writing to do over the next year.
Currently, Superman has been garnering headlines because of recent developments in the Justice League comics. In the series' next issue it has been revealed that DC will be taking a major leap when they jumpstart a relationship between Superman and Wonder Woman, but that shouldn't impact this Man of Steel run.
There's no word on how closely this Man of Steel comic would tie in with the feature film – whether it would be set before, after, or during the events of the movie – but it doesn't appear to be planned as a one-off. If successful, Man of Steel would usher in the fifth wave of DC Comics' New 52, and undoubtedly jump to the top of the bestsellers list.
And if this Man of Steel comic pays off, it could inspire DC Entertainment to seek out a writer for a Justice League tie-in for whenever that film gets off the ground. We're still in the early director rumor stage right now, but it's never too early to start prepping art for a comic.
Man of Steel (the movie) will be in theaters on June 14, 2013.
Source: Bleeding Cool