Caught this on Newsarama a week or so ago. They had another Q & A with Dan DiDio.
6. Something that was brought up by many fans, and I figure you would like a chance to explain more in-depth: from what you said last time about the coming year – one without a Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, and Dwyane telling us about the coming year in Justice League without the “big three”…this brought up the question with many people of “weren’t we just there with 52?” Wasn’t that the point of 52, to show what the world was like without these three characters?
DD: That was the start of 52. But let’s approach this in two different ways. In 52, we pulled Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman off the stage in that series. In all of their ongoing series, Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman were appearing. So let’s remember that we never had a disruption of those characters in their ongoing books.
The removal of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman in 52 was a story point in 52, but as we’ve said, that story evolved and became one more about Steel, the Question, Ralph Dibny, Black Adam, Booster Gold and the space heroes. Every one of those storylines took on a life of their own and a story of their own. Every one of those stories could have been told, even if Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman were still on stage. So it really wasn’t about their removal – it became about those other characters as their lives moved on.
What we’re doing right now is we’re changing the status quo in Batman’s universe. We’re changing the status quo in Superman’s universe. We’re changing the status quo in Wonder Woman’s’ universe. That doesn’t exactly mean they’ll be gone – Superman will be active – his story just doesn’t take place on earth. There will be someone actively acting, and taking on adventures in Gotham City in a Batman suit. In Wonder Woman – she is removed temporarily before stepping into a new situation that changes her status quo.
So in every situation, the changes are unique to those characters and their stories and how their stories move through 2009 and into 2010. Realistically, I look at this as apples and oranges – it’s one thing to remove them completely and tell stories of the world without them, and it’s another thing to have their books proceed and see how the world changes when the status quo of those characters changes. The stories that we’ll be telling with Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman in 2009 and into 2010 are nothing like the stories that were told in 52, and are completely new stories for the characters. Simple as that.
In other words, we’re telling the same damn story again but this time we’re doing it slightly different, which is ok because that story could have happened at any point in DC history and thus wasn’t all that special.
See, I was under the impression that the point of 52 was to see how the DC Universe would react if Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman weren’t there. Apparently it was only a story point, though. I mean Booster Gold could have become the hero of Metropolis if Superman was still there, right? The fight against Black Adam would have happened exactly as it played out if Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman had been there, right? Everything happening in Gotham could have gone on with Batman hanging around, right?
Oh, and it really doesn’t count because we had other comics with Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman in them. Well, Wonder Woman sort of. Her book was so freaking late that it seemed like she really was gone.
Are you freaking kidding me?
Wow, way to take one of the best stories told at DC in the past ten years and just make it seem like it was just an average, ordinary story that could have been told any old time.
I don’t have a problem with DC telling this story. I just don’t like the fact that they are telling it for the second time in two years.
You know what really bugs me about DiDio. He just says what he needs to say at the time to try and placate the fan base. You know how I know this, I mean besides him pretty much admitting that his agenda from the beginning of his tenure was to bring back Barry Allen?
(Thanks to Occasional Superheroine for posting this. I may not always agree with Valerie but she is a talented writer and has a better perspective on this than any of us.)
You know who Dan DiDio reminds me of? I mean really, REALLY reminds me of? I think I posted this once before but I feel like bringing it back because it works so well.
This is just another example of how DC really isn’t for me anymore.
And that makes me sad.
More to follow…about Marvel…out of spite…