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January 27, 2005: Dan Didio Talks About “DC Countdown”

Newsarama sat down with DC VP, Editorial, Dan Didio to discuss with him the future of the DC Universe and the impact the up-coming "DC Countdown" will have when it debuts in March. Here's an excerpt from the interview...

    Q: First question, to set the stage - from your chair - what's the big picture of DC Countdown, and what does it do for the universe?

    A: If you look at Identity Crisis as one of our starting points, that helped reset he tonality of the DC Universe, and gave it an attitude and a personality. What we're doing with Countdown is setting the direction, and further defining the tone, and giving a backdrop against which all of the characters will exist and survive, and really give a feel that this is a world picture, and this is a comprehensive universe. This is a place where everybody exists together as one.

    Q: With Countdown coming out of Identity Crisis as it is, when did you realize that Identity Crisis was going to be, for lack of a better phrase, the story that keeps on giving? After all Brad [Meltzer] has said that he never went into the story looking to write a blueprint for the next era of the DCU...

    A: When we got Identity Crisis in from Brad, I knew what we wanted to do with the DCU and where we wanted to go. I knew what the tone I wanted to see come into the DCU was - I wanted to put a level of danger and of consequence to the DCU and the characters. We had been addressing that piece by piece, but realistically speaking, you can only change tonality on the individual books incrementally without turning off too many people, or confusing people along the way.

    So, when we got to Identity Crisis, and I saw that the story basically hit the nail on the head in terms of the number of characters that we wanted to address as well as changed the whole feel and perception of how people saw the DCU characters - I felt that was a great starting point from which we could move out from.

Read the entire interview at the Newsarama website.

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