Geoff Johns Talks the Controversial Details of Rebirth

Monday, 23 May 2016 - 1:49PM
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Monday, 23 May 2016 - 1:49PM
Geoff Johns Talks the Controversial Details of Rebirth
Spoilers for DC Universe: Rebirth follow!

When the DC team unveiled the new comic lineup and costume designs for the upcoming Rebirth event at WonderCon this year, there was a lot of excitement. Fans were promised that Rebirth would be the era to bring back everything they loved about DC's heroes that were seemingly taken away with the inception of the New 52 reboot. Now, Geoff Johns, DC's chief creative officer and author of Rebirth, has spoken with USA today to spill the beans on several of the specifics of Rebirth, and some of them are more than a little controversial.

First off, though DC has labored ardently to convince readers that Rebirth is not a reboot, Johns confirms that it is indeed an attempt at retconning the current DC universe. Apparently, something happened which has made the DC heroes forget ten years of their lives (that ought to explain why Damian Wayne is a twelve year old when Batman has only supposedly been active for five or six years at this point). So how do the heroes know this?

The same way they know about essentially every other universal shakeup to take place in DC history - the cosmic herald himself, the Flash. This time, however, it's Wally West and not Barry Allen, apparently jumping universes to let the superheroes of DC know about their lost time. The catch, however, is that this is the Wally from the pre-52 universe, meaning that there are now two Wally Wests in the DCU (the other will be featured in the new Teen Titans series).  

Perhaps the most controversial aspect of this is why they've seemingly lost ten years of their time. The answer is Doctor Manhattan from the Watchmen, cementing Alan Moore's team in DC multiverse canon.

DC received a lot of backlash for their Before Watchmen stories, as even though they technically own the rights, they were taking another author's creation against his will and adding to the mythos, when what Moore created was always intended to be a one-shot story. Now that DC has decided to use these characters to an even greater extent, there will no doubt be a large segment of angry Alan Moore fans that protest the choice.

Johns also mentioned several other details regarding Rebirth, including the fact that the pre-52 Superman will be taking over for the New 52 Superman following his death (something fans have known about for quite some time). This Superman's wife is Lois Lane, returning things to how they always should have been, just as Johns promised. Likewise, he also mentioned that Green Arrow and Black Canary will reconnect (once again, something fans have known for some time), giving fans back yet another relationship that has been sorely missed in the current DCU.  

DC Rebirth hits stores this Wednesday, and with Johns' track record, there's no reason not to believe that it's going to be yet another great read. At the same time, the decision to use Doctor Manhattan will no doubt draw criticism from many who believe DC is overstepping their boundaries by using Moore's creations in ways that he never intended or expected them to when he sold the rights. Either way, DC Rebirth will undoubtedly be a big deal, and no self-respecting DC fan should want to miss it.    
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