DC Comics Universe Spoilers: Is Wally West The Flash Doctor Manhattan’s New Anchor For FCBD 2020 DC’s Generation Zero? Geoff Johns Talks Doomsday Clock, Metaverse & More!


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Is Wally West The Flash Doctor Manhattan’s New Anchor For FCBD 2020 DC’s Generation Zero?

Geoff Johns Talks Doomsday Clock, Metaverse and More:

      …At the very base of it is, he’s Dr. Manhattan’s anchor to our world, essentially. And so everything that Carver Colman is, and the Nathaniel Dusk films are – the thematics and the story and everything that Doomsday Clock’s about is within that story too…

      …Dr. Manhattan sees the Metaverse for what it is. The Metaverse is in a constant state of change, but it’s also continuously revolving around these ideals. The Metaverse is just the reality of what the DC Universe really is. It’s alive. It’s living and breathing

      Ultimately, this story is Dr. Manhattan came to this universe and saw Superman and saw the Metaverse and wanted to see how he could affect it, because other things and beings and forces have. And when he reached into it to do that, the Metaverse – as he says – turned its greatest antibody against him.

      That’s Superman.

      Suddenly, he found himself – when he tampered with it, like so many others before – suddenly, he became a target. He became a villain in the eyes of the Metaverse.

      So what his vision is – the result of his tampering – is that he did something and now he’s on a collision course with Superman that he sees ends only one way, with complete darkness.

      He’s wondering, which path is it going to go down? Is it going to be Superman destroys him? Or is it going to be Dr. Manhattan destroys everything?

      Why does he see nothing? Is it because he no longer exists? Or is it because the Metaverse no longer exists?

      I think the concept of the Metaverse is just literally the reality of what the DC Universe is. And it also affects the Multiverse. And the fact that, you know, Multiverses exist in a lot of fictions, and DC’s Multiverse is very important to its mythology and continuity. But the Metaverse itself is what affects the Multiverse. Characters change and evolve with the times because, in some sense, they’re so timeless and iconic, and every generation redefines them in their own way.

      Every time there’s changes to the Metaverse, it has a reverberation through the entire Multiverse. Anytime there’s a change to our Metaverse, there’s a change to our Multiverse. They’re connected…

      …So the Metaverse is a concept. But it’s not necessarily what the series is about, in a clinical way…

      …People have said, how does this affect the DC Universe? But I want to say that issue [Doomsday Clock] #12 affects DC period. It leads right into everything else, but it leads into it in a much bigger way than, “What’s the next crossover? What’s the next big regurgitated greatest hits crisis?” It’s very different. It’s about much more than that.

      It leads beyond 2020 and ’21. And when people read issue #12, they’ll see it. But it’s not just meant to lead into or connect into another event storyline. It’s actually made and designed to lead into the entire future of DC Comics from here on out.


John is a long-time pop culture fan, comics historian, and blogger. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief at Comics Nexus. Prior to being EIC he has produced several column series including DEMYTHIFY, NEAR MINT MEMORIES and the ONE FAN'S TRIALS at the Nexus plus a stint at Bleeding Cool producing the COMICS REALISM column. As BabosScribe, John is active on his twitter account, his facebook page, his instagram feed and welcomes any and all feedback. Bring it on!