DC Comics Rebirth and Top 5 Doomsday Clock Spoilers follow.
DC Entertainment Chief Creative Office and DC Comics writer Geoff Johns spilled some beans on Doomsday Clock!
While Doomsday Clock is not a sequel is not a sequel to the Watchmen, it does pit Doctor Manhattan with Superman.
“…at the core of it, there’s a being who has lost his humanity, and distanced himself from it, and an alien who embodies humanity more than most humans. I love the idea that Watchmen influenced DC, but what would that look like in reverse? And it goes well beyond that.“
There are also no specials, parallel mini-series, cross-overs, etc. to clutter the stands.
“We’re not going to do a story like this unless we one-thousand percent believe in it. It is all about the story; it is only about the story. There are no crossovers. No watered down one-shots or mini-series on top of this one. This is a standalone story. There is only Doomsday Clock.“
The recent U.S. presidential election and the ascendancy of Donald Trump and the state of the world – extremes on ‘both’ sides of political spectrum – influenced the world and ending to Doomsday Clock.
“It is about much more than the American president or the reactions to him. That is low hanging fruit to me. It goes bigger, deeper. It is about the world, and the attitude of people. I feel like there are extremes now everywhere, extremes on all sides. There is no more olive branch. It doesn’t exist. I feel like people, more and more, are separated. They are choosing sides, instead of figuring out how to make life better together. There is a real sense of anger, and frustration, and there is not a lot of compassion, or willingness to understand in the world. Telling a story of two extremes, and exploring what our collective zeitgeist states through these characters is what we are doing. We think it’s important … The truth is, if the world and the country didn’t go a certain way, I don’t know that we would be telling this story. For us, the story would not exist if the last year didn’t unfold the way it did, and the rise of extremism wasn’t so palpable.“
Responding to the end of Flash #22, and Batman doubting whether he wants to continue as Batman…
…which built on the final words of the Flashpoint Batman, Bruce’s dad Thomas Wayne’s, final words in Batman #22…
…Geoff Johns had this to say.
“That’s exactly what Manhattan wanted. What he wanted was to get Bruce out of the way.“
Finally, concerning the Watchmen…
…to Superman imagery in the Flash #22…
…Johns had this to say as well.
“That is by design. What are the flaws in Superman? How far can Superman fall. We’re going to find out. There is still so much more to come, but we’ll get deeper into it soon.“
Interesting times ahead with Doomsday Clock!
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