DC To Release 'Batman: Earth One' And 'Superman: Earth One'

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Posted by No_Name_ (16193 posts) - - Show Bio

DC gearing up to release two new graphic novels

If you were DC Comics, chances are that you probably would want to expand your audience by utilizing the two biggest names in comic books, right? According to The Source, DC will be releasing two new comics in a graphic novel format which will recount the storylines of Batman and Superman respectively.

SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE and BATMAN: EARTH ONE kick off an ongoing series of original graphic novels featuring “their first years and earliest moments retold in a standalone, original graphic novel format, on a new earth with an all-new continuity.”

SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE will be written by J. Michael Straczynski with art by Shane Davis, and BATMAN: EARTH ONE will be written by Geoff Johns with the art of Gary Frank.

The question remains, how many times will they re-tell the origin stories of these characters? Will a comic like this isolate fans of the characters, or will you be interested in re-reading their back stories? The good thing about this is the fact that DC will be publishing these books in a graphic novel format through Random House. This is a really good way for DC to expound on their franchises and reach new readers as well as re-tell the timeless origin stories of these characters.

In a recent interview with Aintitcoolnews.com, writer Geoff Johns ( Batman) and artist Shane Davis ( Superman) discussed their sentiments regarding the upcoming project.

“What I’m trying to do is to dig in to the character and look at him through modern eyes. If you were to create the Superman story today, for the first time, but keep intact all that works, what would it look like?”
“It is monumental for us as comic readers to see Superman birthed for the first time,” Davis said. “It’s a privilege to realize that you’re the artist that gets to draw it, better yet having the luxury to do it in an original graphic novel. This is going to be epic!”

Writer Geoff Johns also expressed his excitement regarding the upcoming project.

“BATMAN: EARTH ONE allows Gary and I to break the restraints of any continuity and focus on two things: character and story. Add to that the idea of working on a line of graphic novels instead of being limited to twenty-two pages, it’s a challenge and I love a challenge.”

If you ask me, though, all we have really seen lately is the retelling of Superman's origins. I would personally love to see DC take advantage of the fact that these stories will be set in an alternate universe and give readers new plot twists on stories that fans already know by heart.
#1 Posted by BrikHed (12 posts) - - Show Bio

It is summed up best with the quote " If you ask me, though, all we have really seen lately is the retelling of Superman's origins. I would personally love to see DC take advantage of the fact that these stories will be set in an alternate universe and give readers new plot twists on stories that fans already know by heart."
Show me a Batman I don't know.  Make Batman about a mantle that was handed down from one father to the next and Bruce Wayne is in a long line of Batman trying to live up to the family legacy.  Give me a new take on Superman... oh wait DC has been doing that for the past year :-(

#2 Posted by johnny_spam (2184 posts) - - Show Bio

It really reminds me more of Joker by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo I think the fact that hey are original Graphic Novels means it will be more like JMS' take on Superman rather than another Superman origin. The Batman one really excites me as Geoff has said it will be a new take on Batman. The name Earth One makes me believe it is part of DC's Multiverse.

#3 Posted by Niko (34 posts) - - Show Bio

Is this supposed to be Ultimate DC?

#4 Posted by Grendel (574 posts) - - Show Bio

Ultimate DC is something I'm surprised hasn't happened years ago.

#5 Posted by danhimself (21320 posts) - - Show Bio

what's the difference between New Earth and Earth 1?

#6 Posted by ElJuano (99 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm looking forward to this! Although they have already been doing this for years now, going to Alternate Earths to retell old stories with a new twists, my hope is that this version of Bats and Supes is actually worth something. 'Til now only a handful of elseworld stories are worth any of my time. The art looks very promising though!!

#7 Posted by Green ankh (1083 posts) - - Show Bio

I am interested in this only thing is ..the price?
#8 Posted by Toastalchemist (189 posts) - - Show Bio

This looks like it'll be good. Batman looks steam punk. 

#9 Posted by johnny_spam (2184 posts) - - Show Bio
New Earth is where the current DC comics stories take place it is called Earth Zero. Earth One is another place entirely.
#10 Posted by Vortex13 (12138 posts) - - Show Bio

Alfred's look reminds me of a real person I've seen who was an actor, but I can't think of who at the moment...

#11 Posted by danhimself (21320 posts) - - Show Bio
@johnny spam: I know that....that's why I asked what the difference was
#12 Posted by Decept-O (7828 posts) - - Show Bio

HHmmm...I'm kind of interested, but not quite certain yet.  I do like the art, and THAT is how Batman's costume should appear!!  If there won't be a Robin, then I'm down like a clown with a frown because I think a "modernization" of Supes and Bats in this "Earth One" format  is what DC desperately needs.
Yet, you do make a good point, Babs, and it may just be some more of the same ol' same ol', but I hope not.   I like Stracyznksi and Johns,  I think this has good potential. 
#13 Edited by burr787 (2483 posts) - - Show Bio

I am so excited for this, I can't wait. I love Ultimate Marvel and have been dying to see DC finally do it.
EDIT: one minor complaint, they seem to be using Wizard's Ultimate Batman look. I love that look and hope that they add more detail to the new design.

#14 Posted by Moomin123 (2252 posts) - - Show Bio

This looks good. I wonder if they'll make a Green Lantern: Earth-One or a Flash: Earth One?

#15 Edited by Knippenberg (2 posts) - - Show Bio

The DC OGN's are meant to exist as their own separate entities, much like how the Superman movies are their own thing compared to any of the animated series, or tv shows. Same with Batman. They are also meant to reach a wider general audience, so they have to start at the beginning to establish tone, mood and status quo. And it may not be so much about the origin as JMS pointed out in the AICN interview, that the first Superman story is about a young Clark Kent in the big city of Metropolis on the verge of making a monumental decision of what comes next in his life (which will ultimately lead to becoming Superman). There will be flashbacks to his life in Smallville and how his parents shaped him into the man about to make that decision today.

#16 Posted by johnny_spam (2184 posts) - - Show Bio
Earth One may be the Silver Age or DCU before the first Crisis. But apparently from the images shown might have a new take on Batman.
#17 Posted by Dr. Maxwell (676 posts) - - Show Bio

I wasnt too sure about this till I read that Geoff Jones will be doing the batman book, and that its out of continuity. Should be a good read. Although, personally I don't think you can better Year One story than Batman: Year One

#18 Posted by Gennadius (265 posts) - - Show Bio

to me this looks like a good idea i mean alot of people wanted to read batman comics after playing arkham asylum but there where so much things going on and alot of new character so im really excited for this (the batman version cus i dont really like superman)
#19 Edited by waruikumo (364 posts) - - Show Bio

yay graphic novels instead of trickle out mini series.   I will buy these def.  Although if they were in Mini series format, trickle out style, i would avoid like the plague (see Re: Superman Secret Origin)
ALso re: comic book characters, gimmick-y Tattoos are so 1990's, I dont know how i feel about the Alfred one, unless hes like ex SAS and SAS guys get that tattoo.  But seriously dont go down that road.  I mean Look at Daken, hes already dated by a Tribal tattoo that has as little meaning to him as it does to some Frat boy mook that has the same thing.

#20 Posted by danhimself (21320 posts) - - Show Bio
@waruikumo: Alfred was in the Royal Marines
#21 Posted by Comiclove5 (1304 posts) - - Show Bio

Ultimate DC Universe=Alesomeness
#22 Posted by jefprice (882 posts) - - Show Bio

Ooooooooo Bats looks great. Nice!

#23 Posted by Adam Michaels (483 posts) - - Show Bio

I love this idea. One, DC can start a new universe where they can have a more organized path to follow. Here's hoping they don't mess it up if this goes on. 
And two, I'm more a fan of graphic novels than stand-alone issues. And to add a three, here's hoping this works out and they can bring in Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Green Arrow, Aquaman in the fold to create a Justice League GN series as well.  
The concept art looks beautiful.
I don't buy individual issues unless they're milestone issues like all the 600th and 500th issues Marvel has had recently. I'll also be getting #800 of Batman when it comes out and others of that nature.  
I prefer buying trade paperbacks and hardcover issues because I get more story all at once, instead of waiting a month for the next chapter of a storyline. I like holding a book with 100 to 200 pages in them rather than about 40, with half of them being ads. At my place, you don't see a pile up of boxes with individual issues, but more of a bookcase full of TPBs and HCs.  
So, I'm thrilled at this and will definitely be looking to buy these 2 books.
#24 Posted by Overguardian (89 posts) - - Show Bio

So Superman is allowed to keep his briefs yet Batman isn't? 

#25 Posted by Jean_Luc_LeBeau (82980 posts) - - Show Bio
#26 Posted by The_Warlord (1831 posts) - - Show Bio

Cool, looks like they're gonna put Batman and Superman in a more urban and up to date jacket

#27 Posted by Peterobe (131 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm not convinced on this. I don't particularly want to have another version of events and I am not convinced on the batman art.

#28 Posted by Kid_Zombie (823 posts) - - Show Bio

A lot of people are saying this is DC's ultimate line but  I thought DC's ultimate universe was the "all star" line of comics, no?

#29 Posted by Harlekin (727 posts) - - Show Bio
@Dr. Maxwell:  You can't do better, but it funny watching people try.
#30 Posted by vuki (66 posts) - - Show Bio

I think this might be good. With Geoff everything might be good. But will it be...now that's a brainer.

#31 Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir (19148 posts) - - Show Bio

Alfred looks badass
#32 Posted by Portrait (4594 posts) - - Show Bio

Well, as long as it's not main continuity it sounds great! I can't wait!

#33 Posted by NightFang (11046 posts) - - Show Bio
@Emperor Gonzo Noir said:
"Alfred looks badass "
              I think thats how he should always be.
#34 Posted by Bruce Vain (1833 posts) - - Show Bio

Interesting design for Alfred . Not making him this fragile old butler , but showing that he was an ex-soldier and probably gives reason for his cane. I dig it.
#35 Posted by burr787 (2483 posts) - - Show Bio
@Bruce Vain said:
" Interesting design for Alfred . Not making him this fragile old butler , but showing that he was an ex-soldier and probably gives reason for his cane. I dig it. "
Even though that's how I expect an ex-marine to look, I'm not sure that I would want that design for Alfred. Alfred is more of a loving, caring kind of person that is always there with words of encouragement and advice. While I would expect this Alfred to fight alongside Bruce and tear someone's throat out with his teeth.
#36 Posted by FoxxFireArt (3627 posts) - - Show Bio

This sounds like it could be pretty cool. I am curious about one fact. Would this be like the 'retellings' of the Marvel heroes series with the Ultimate Universe books? Where they start off pretty much the same, but taking a variant path.
Will this Batman start off with a gun, or will they treat it as if those events never even happened?
The art looks well done.

#37 Posted by ShadowFade (35 posts) - - Show Bio
@FoxxFireArt: Good questions my friend. I hope DC Entrainment does their own "Ultimate" line. The character designs look good. I hope they will give updates to all their villains. This universe could turn out very interesting and fresh to new readers. DC has a long history with their characters and I think they should have done their own ultimate universe awhile ago. I wonder if they would do a Justice League? Or add other characters such as Wonder Wonder or The Flash to Earth-1.
#38 Posted by dc-kid21 (154 posts) - - Show Bio


#39 Posted by War Killer (20954 posts) - - Show Bio

If Geoff Johns is writing a Batman book, I'm getting it. My question is this going to be an ongoing series?

#40 Posted by The WeatherMan (3261 posts) - - Show Bio

This seems like Ultimate DC line really, but nontheless I definitely want to check these books out.
#41 Posted by Emissary (1 posts) - - Show Bio

So is it just ME, or does this new Superman bear a striking resemblance to Tom Welling?????

#42 Posted by Xion (249 posts) - - Show Bio

this sounds interesting! have to wait to see what happens!

#43 Edited by Media_Master (2189 posts) - - Show Bio

Why not just create new characters? You can only change so much until going back to the standard superhero antics.

#44 Posted by crazywolf (662 posts) - - Show Bio

Art looks great. The graphic novel format is an interesting idea.

#45 Posted by drawme (429 posts) - - Show Bio

Maybe these titles can me persuade to start reading DC.

#46 Posted by DEGRAAF (8346 posts) - - Show Bio
@Niko said:
"Is this supposed to be Ultimate DC? "

that was my guess as to what it might turn in too if people like it which i assume they will
#47 Edited by Willy105 (17 posts) - - Show Bio

This could be my entry way to the comics! I have always tried to get into these comics, but it's monthly format (I don't go to a book store every month) and the sheer complexity of these stories make reading these comics completely unpleasant.
A bi-yearly format and a brand new story is a dream come true.
@Media_Master said:

" Why not just create new characters? You can only change so much until going back to the standard superhero antics. "

Not if you simply don't. There is no rule that a reboot has to be the same as what it is rebooting. In fact, that's the point of rebooting something.
#48 Posted by DEGRAAF (8346 posts) - - Show Bio

i think supes looks more rutheless. maybe in this one he falls in love with lois still but she dislikes him bc he is an alien and she sticks with Luthor not knowing how he truely is.i think that would be a cool alternate. As well as Supes and bats not necessarily being friends but just adversaries of the same cause, only this time Superman is much more prone to hurting people and small amounts of  torture if need be and batman is willing to kill. This would be a great alternate i think. then if all goes well they can bring in Diana as a new character and have supes and bats think her country is trying to invade at the same time aquaman could actually try to be invading and that can bring supes and bats together. Later they find out the truth behind Diana and she becomes close w supes (just friends at this point still though) and they can come to a truce with Atlantis but never become close with aquaman. Bats and arrow can become more close because they are so alike. but stubborn headed and not wanting help from one another but have the same morals and feelings about aliens (superman and wonder woman) and find them selves working on the same cases in sync w/ one another more and more. Supes (some time after prior events) can then suddenly hear a  screaching noise that turns out to be Martian manhunter restrained and being tested on by hte US military (they could be testing fire on his skin). Superman would be more about the human race of the world and less about just america. He busts martian manhunter out against bats and arrows wishes (since they secretly helped trap MM with out anyone other capes knowing. 
Tell me if this sounds like a good idea at all please?
#49 Posted by Nighthunter (29560 posts) - - Show Bio
@Gambler said:
"Alfred looks like Slade Wilson. "

really? I was thinking more of Quatermain but maybe that's just me 
I love the idea and the creative teams involved. Read in an interview to Shane Davis in Newsarama that by page 8 of the scrypt he was in love with the story and that he considers it the best story JMS has written. Comming from the guy who made Thor the best comic by Marvel in my opinion month after month and the guy who wrote Silver Surfer: Requiem that means a lot.


May be unrelated but thought it was worth to be mentioned. It's been rumored for several months that Grant Morrison would be working on a Wonder Woman title in 2010. Knowing how much the name of Grant Morrison sells and his great way of handling stories, especially the ones in continuity along with his amazing run on All Stars Superman (which was built on a similar premise) this could be the third project to spin from this line.

#50 Posted by theevilhotdog (88 posts) - - Show Bio

they all look good 

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