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Not too long ago DC came up with the idea of Hypertime. The basic premise of the idea was summed up by writer Mark Waid as, "It's all true." It presumes that all of the stories ever told about a DC character in any medium are equally valid stories. For example, despite overt contradictions between the versions of Superman (and his adventures, supporting characters, and setting) that appeared in:
1: The 30's and 40's comics by Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel,
2: Portrayed by George Reeves in the 50's TV series,
3: Depicted in 60's and 70's comics drawn by Kurt Schaffenberger or Curt Swan,
4:Portrayed by Christopher Reeve in the 1978 movie and its sequels,
5: Portrayed by Dean Cain in the 90's TV series Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,
6: Portrayed by Tom Welling in the 2000's TV series Smallville,
7: Depicted in the DC animated universe by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini or
8: Portrayed by Brandon Routh in Superman Returns.
No one of these versions supersedes any other as canon. This was a break away from the unconnected alternate universe idea that DC had originally utilized with the multiverse.
As it appears within comic stories themselves, Hypertime is a superdimensional construct which, under very limited circumstances, can allow versions of characters from one continuity to interact with versions from another. For example, in The Kingdom , a version of Superman extrapolated into the future briefly encounters the Golden Age Kal-L.
Hypertime works like this. The timeline and continuity background of any given story is like a river, with a nearly infinite number of distributaries, AKA alternate timelines, branching off. Most of the time, these alternate timelines go off on their own and never intersect with the main timeline. On occasion, the branches return, feeding back into the main timeline, sometimes permanently or temporarily. Thus, history can sometimes change momentarily and then change back(or not). Because alternate timelines have been "splitting off" from the main flow for as long as it has existed, vast numbers of very different versions of any given character or situation can exist. If characters from a very different Hypertimeline move into another, this accelerates the process of change, causing more noticeable yet shorter changes to the timeline. For example when the Titans were visited by their counterparts from The Kingdom, Jesse Quick was briefly replaced by a version who had taken her mother's Liberty Belle identity.
Aside from a mention in the later 52 series Hypertime as a concept has been all but dropped. I despise this. Why? Not only was it a fantastic idea in that it allowed for a unique look at how an alternate reality works, but with the New 52 it could have saved the pre-New 52. If Hypertime as a concept was kept, then it would easily allow for things from the pre-New 52 universe to be worked in.
Now I can handle change, but the major thing that completely irks and just outright makes me rage about the New 52 is the callous destruction of history. The Justice Society of America? The first superhero team in history? Yeah, gone with it's members ruined with nothing short of another reboot that can save them. The Teen Titans? A long running series that showed sidekicks can be just as good heroes as their mentors? Gone with the original team members having NEVER been members and at this point over half probably don't exist or have even met each other!!!
My point is that you cannot do that. I would've taken the universe going back down to square one than this!!! Dick Grayson is still the one and only Robin, Superman haven't having died yet, no Superboy, everything the way it was at the start of the Silver Age. Why? Because at least THAT way it would've stopped ONE team(Titans) from being mangled and destroyed!!!
In other words with Hypertime DC could have appeased older fans by saying that the pre-New 52 still exists, but that they'd be focusing on a NEW timeline now. That would have been fine with me because the characters I know and love would still be themselves and still exist. Now? DC has basically killed off their entire universe and replaced their heroes with new ones. Sure some are good replacements(Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash), but the others just aren't. They're not even in the same league(No pun intended) as their pre-New 52 selves.