DC Comics Says No More Reboots After Huge Convergence Event

Monday, 03 August 2015 - 12:22PM
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Monday, 03 August 2015 - 12:22PM
DC Comics Says No More Reboots After Huge Convergence Event
The DC Comics Convergence event this summer made all continuities canon, which was a huge game-changer for the current New 52 universe. But what does this mean for any future reboots? At SDCC this year, DC Comics co-publisher Dan DiDio told Comic Book Resources:

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"Our goal is never to be in a position where we are restarting, relaunching a line, ever again. Quite the opposite. What we really want to do is build on what we created from the launch of New 52, take what existed beforehand, integrate that in, to give us the best interpretations of the characters that organically move forward, and are all part of one big continuity, that is DC Comics."
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In the comics industry, reboots usually occur after some big event takes place that alters some aspect (or many aspects) of the main continuity of a comic book universe. This has happened a handful of times in the past for DC Comics, such as the Crisis on Infinite Earths and the Flashpoint Paradox. Though many comic fans cringe at the thought of reboots (they have a bad habit of making parts of fan-favorite characters' history non-canonical), they do allow creators to start from the ground up and work mostly unrestricted within new storylines.

At first, it may seem a little crazy to hope that a reboot will never be needed again. After all, comic book continuities can get pretty complicated over decades of plot and character development, and so reboots become a necessity in order for the creators' ingenuity to be used to their full potential. If viewed in light of the recent Convergence event, however, it all starts to make sense.
 
The conclusion of Convergence resulted in all stories in all universes becoming "canon." In other words, any DC story that has ever taken place (even the ones like Red Son, in which Superman is raised in Soviet Russia, and The Dark Knight Returns, in which Batman goes into retirement but dons the cape and cowl once again to save Gotham) aren't just elseworlds stories - they've really taken place in their own separate universes.

DiDio said earlier this year, "In this new era of storytelling, story will trump continuity as we continue to empower creators to tell the best stories in the industry." From this statement, it would seem that DC may start telling stories in multiple universes instead of keeping the Earth Prime universe (which underwent that latest reboot in the Flashpoint Paradox) as it's core focus.

If that is the route that's being taken, then a reboot may not be needed; instead of rebooting, DC can begin to focus more on different universes or even create new ones altogether instead of rewriting history in Earth Prime. All of the evidence points to this being the case, as it was recently announced that Frank Miller is working on a third title in the Dark Knight Returns series. Another universe was also introduced in the last few weeks, as a new line of comics based upon the Justice League: Gods and Monsters animated movie was released. Likewise, DC continues to build their Earth One universe, which has proven to be pretty popular - especially since Geoff Johns is on the Batman title.
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