DC Comics Rebooting Entire Universe

That DC Comics is a big company with a huge amount of characters and storylines became clear in the article I wrote about the company. If you’re even a little bit familiar with characters such as Batman, Superman, The Green Lantern and The Flash you’ll realise that there’s a lot of intertwining storylines and inaccuracies throughout the series. DC Comics tried to explain this whole issue with the introduction of the multiverse as portrayed in Crisis On Infinite Earths. A failure to say the least.

It seems that DC Comics finally realised this. They announced a historic reboot and redesign for the entire line of superheroes. DC Comics is currently running a storyline called Flashpoint that involves the Flash (the Barry Allen version) and his experiences in a strange timeline where the world’s superheroes are very different than they once were in memory. In a bombshell announcement, DC has revealed that Flashpoint will lead into a reboot of the entire DC Universe.

Starting on August 31, DC Comics will renumber 52 different books back to #1. Every single title that takes place in the DC Universe will be affected. It isn’t just a renumbering either, as DC is also redesigning costumes, storylines, characters… everything. All 52 #1 issues will launch over a period of 5 weeks.

The flagship book appears to be Justice League #1, which teams DC superstar scribe Geoff Johns with artist extraordinaire and current DC co-publisher Jim Lee. The first image from the reboot (seen below) was done by Jim Lee, partially showing how DC plans to redesign its universe’s characters. The idea is to make things more contemporary, but the changes aren’t incredibly drastic or anything going by this particular image. Superman’s outfit and younger appearance look to be the most changed.

Full Justice League Roster Courtesy of Geoff Johns and Jim Lee
Justice Leage reboot

“We really want to inject new life in our characters and line,” DC Comics co-publisher Dan DiDio told USA Today. “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.”

Justice League #1 will also mark the further entry of comic books into the digital age. Though digital comic books are becoming more common, neither DC nor Marvel have begun to release digital versions of all their books alongside the print versions day-and-date. Starting with Justice League #1, all 52 titles featured in the reboot will be released both digitally and physically on the same day.

It’s a bold move that risks alienating hardcore fans, but then, doesn’t everything? Discovering how DC will reboot big stars like Batman and Superman, in addition to the rest of its roster, should make the coming weeks very interesting. Let’s just hope that they think ahead this time and don’t feel the need to implement another Crisis on Infinite Earths


Author: Niels Van Hellemont

Hi, my name is Niels and I'm a long time fan of movies, anime, comics, games and whatnot. Could say that I'm a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the above mentioned things. I'm currently studying for a Bachelor After Bachelor in Advanced Business Management - Human Resources Management.

6 thoughts on “DC Comics Rebooting Entire Universe”

  1. What horrid character designs. Cyborg looks like a third rate Maul, I’m waiting for him to eat metal next. Superman and Aquaman have the same collar. Collars? Wonder Woman looks horrid and ugly. Are they just plain ol’ going for a fleeting anime audience because this would be okay for an alternate universe that I wouldn’t have to buy. Second rate X-Men designs. Loss of individuality. They create their own problems as it is with multi-issue stprylines and humongous changes. Let’s give Batman a son — just complete lack of imagination from everyone involved. There as been a lack of imagination for so many years it depresses me. No wonder the adaptations done on television have been so much better and so much more enthralling. The animators embrace who these characters are. Then how about that kid that sees a Superman movie, and wants that Superman comic book based on the movie? Well we have some less recognizable involved in some serialized piece of over-plotted phlegm. Oh, joy is me. DC is dead. I hope the Siegel and Shuster heirs win their lawsuit so they can actually put a stop to the Superman end. bad enough the comics are so muddy, that you can’t see the linework any more. Oh, sheer brilliance.

  2. Wow, the usual short-sighted revisions. Bet this won’t last longer than it takes to see no improvement in sales, then DC will trumpet the return to the “original” universe.

    The original characters were iconic and had simple costumes. Now DC feels compelled to add too much detail like the “metallic” seams, collars, and so forth. Wonder Woman’s costume was sexist, so let’s put her in some sort of sleazy pantsuit that will be dated in a few years. Superman’s red shorts have been parodied, so let’s lose them and give him lame-looking and overly-complicated boots and belt while we’re at it. Pathetic.

    Will Superman go back to his original powers — limited strength and invulnerability, none of the over-blown super-vision and super-breathe, and no ability to fly? Doubtful. Will Batman lose all the unnecessary Bat-Family? Doubtful. Will Green Lantern get rid of the over-populated Corps? Again, doubtful. Will Flash drop the dubious Speed Force crap? Unlikely.

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