John Ridley to Reveal 'The Other History of the DC Universe'

The '12 Years a Slave' screenwriter will look at superhero mythology through the eyes of the publisher's minority characters.
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Comic book fans are familiar with the history of DC Entertainment’s superhero universe, the many victories of Superman, Batman and the Justice League. But a new series, written by Oscar winner John Ridley (12 Years a Slave), is set to re-examine that mythology through a new lens: that of those traditionally disenfranchised in society.

Ridley’s series, The Other History of the DC Universe, will see the writer exploring issues often ignored by superhero comics, looking at the experiences of a number of fan-favorite characters including Green Lantern John Stewart, Vixen, Katana and Renee Montoya, as well as Extrano, DC’s queer counterpart to Marvel’s Doctor Strange.

“I could not be more excited by the opportunity to excavate the canon of the DC Universe through a vast array of characters who’ve earned their seat at the table,” Ridley said in a statement from the publisher. “I’m very impressed with DC's commitment to making their history as reverent and urgent as it is engaging and entertaining for all its many fans.” 

No artist has been announced for the project as yet.

The writer will be discussing the series, which is slated to launch in winter 2018, during the “Many Shades of Heroism: DC Heroes Through the African-American Lens” panel at this weekend’s DC in D.C. event. The panel will be live-streamed via DC’s YouTube channel on Jan. 13 at 11 a.m. ET.

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