While Bryan Hitch has been working on the “Justice League of America” New 52 title for some time now, that title will conclude and Hitch will continue writing about DC’s greatest superheroes… but he’ll be writing the new Rebirth-era twice monthly “Justice League” book with artists Tony S. Daniel and Fernando Pasarin.
DC Comics has published an interview with Bryan Hitch in which he discusses the transition, working with new artists, and Superman’s role within the Justice League. Here’s part of the interview…
So now that we’re just over a week away from the first issue, what can you tell us about the new Justice League comic?
There’s a slightly different character dynamic to the Justice League now. We still have Superman, Batman, Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Cyborg and Aquaman, so it still seems like it’s the same core characters. However, we have a different Superman. We have two Green Lanterns now, both of whom have very different experiences with the team. The team arrested Simon Baz, while Jessica Cruz tried to kill them, but she also had a long term relationship with the team. That’s going to bring a different dynamic than we had with Hal in the group. Having two rookies in the group also changes Victor’s perspective on the team because he’s no longer the rookie.
Victor and Simon have very similar backgrounds. They’re both from Detroit and to a degree they have both felt a little isolated and that they didn’t particularly belong anywhere. We also have a Superman that none of them know. I mean, at first glance he’s Clark. He’s Kal-El and Superman, but he has a whole wealth of experience that the other Superman didn’t have, and it’s a different experience. So there’s no relationship with them to start with. It’s a surface relationship. They know who he is, but Batman, who learned to trust the other Superman, is now working with someone new that he doesn’t trust. All the time Batman’s had a friendship with Superman, there was another Superman here all along. Why? What does that mean?
There’s going to be a reason for it and that’s going to drive their relationship in the early story arc.
That Superman also would have had a relationship and experience with the prior Justice League. Is that something that also creeps into the story?
Absolutely. It’s right there in JUSTICE LEAGUE: REBIRTH #1. There’s a scene where chaos is raining down on the planet, and the League as it currently exists, without the two Green Lanterns and without Superman, are dealing with it. Superman sees stuff happening, but he’s been used to taking a back seat.
His real touchstone to the super hero world on this Earth is Lois. That’s his anchor and his heart – his family. The fact that this Superman is married and does have a child, that’s something you can’t conveniently forget just because you’re doing big scale Justice League stories. That emotion still has to drive through whatever you’re throwing at them, and it does. There are actually scenes between Batman and Lois which are just really powerful, emotionally speaking.
Superman comes into the first arc because they need him. Frankly, he’s the only one who can do what they need. Nobody else on Earth would have a chance at surviving, and Batman has to go and ask him to do it. But the driving force behind that scene is what he has to say to Lois. This could mean goodbye because there’s no guarantee he’s going to come back. It’s such a big thing that it’s doubtful that even Superman will survive it. But he has to do it because if he doesn’t, nobody on Earth will survive.