Starting next year, DC Comics will unveil SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE and BATMAN: EARTH ONE, two graphic novels spotlighting the most powerful heroes of the DC Universe, with their first years and earliest moments retold in a standalone, original graphic novel format, on a new earth with an all-new continuity.
That means we do get to see J. Michael Straczynski and artist Shane Davis retell Superman’s origin story and the life of Clark Kent in Smallville.Â We’ll also get to see Geoff Johns and Gary Frank take on Batman’s origin in Batman: Earth One.
In a statement on The Source, Straczynski said, â€œWhat Iâ€™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?â€
â€œIt is monumental for us as comic readers to see Superman birthed for the first time,â€ Davis said. â€œItâ€™s a privilegeÂ to realize that youâ€™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!â€
So it looks like the multiverse has some positives in that we get to see Batman from First Wave, Batman from DCU proper, and now Batman from Earth One.