By Adnan 18 Comments
A user called Amegashita posted a rather insightful blog post regarding children in comics a while back ( check it out if you haven't already), and it got me thinking. This relaunch doesn't seem to be intending to change too much. Yes, some characters will have different roles than before, and there'll be new characters, but I think what it's actually doing is removing a lot of the fluff surrounding characters, to enable us to, atleast to an extent, 'discover' those characters again. But my problem with this is that it's sacrificing some of character-building that was done in recent years - specifically regarding the change of roles that was beginning to happen. Dick Grayson became (Gotham's) Batman, Kyle Rayner was slowly but surely becoming *the* GL in the eyes of fans (despite Geoff Johns supposed efforts to prevent this), Aqualad becoming a surprise hit (well, the Aquaman stuff in general, but him in particular) among fans during Brightest Day heck, I'm sure this was scripted a while back - Lex Luthor meets his demise in Action Comics #900 (and he got one hell of a send off) The DCU was entering a phase the people like Bruce Wayne, Superman, etc could being moving into JSA-like roles, and the younger characters becoming the 'big heroes'. Instead, the DCU is getting shaken up and being made unfamiliar, but the younger characters have seemingly been further cemented in their current roles. That's where Beyond could come in.
Beyond could sorta act as the opposite to this, where the story takes place in the future, where the DCU has changed, along with the characters that inhabit it. Batman Beyond getting an ongoing opened up a huge door of possibilities, and I'm sure DC is aware of it, because they're also planning two more titles, Superman Beyond and Justice League Beyond. I think that they should go the 'Ultimate Universe' route, and release an entire line of Beyond titles. Other than the three titles already mentioned, who could get a Beyond title?
Aquaman Beyond? They could make the current Aqualad this time period's Aquaman (lol Blaquaman) They could play on this by having sections of the Atlantean higher-ups against him, since he's not a 'true atlantean' in the first place. Also, Aquaman is supposedly in at the moment.
Static Beyond? I'm sure some of you remember that Static/Batman Beyond crossover, where it was revealed Static in the Beyond time period was a world-renouned superhero, and very powerful in his own right. Deserving of a one-shot atleast, right?
Green Lantern Beyond? This would have to happen really, considering how huge GL is. Remember Kai-Ro, the GL from Beyond's Justice League? The different corps aren't as touched upon in DCAU outside the GL toons, it'd be interesting to see how it's all changed over the course of 30 years.
Something else that'd make it very exciting if it happened, is to see how much of the Earth-0's continuity they'd implement. Did Batman Inc. exist? Did Damian Wayne exist? If so, what happened to them? Do you agree/disagree? Please feel free to discuss.
P.S. I'm going abroad for about 60 days later today. This will be one of my last posts here for a while.