Earlier this month, it was announced that 12 Years a Slave screenwriter and Academy Award-winner John Ridley was working on a new DC Comics miniseries titled The Other History of the DC Universe. The goal is to take a closer look at some of DC's popular but somewhat marginalized superhero characters such as Green Lantern John Stewart, Vixen, Katana, Renee Montoya and Extrano.
Basically, it's going to be about what superheroing is like for superheroes who aren't white.
Ridley was present at the recent DC in D.C. 2018 event, where the writer of Vertigo's The American Way: Those Above and Those Below opened up about his hotly anticipated project.
"Some of the characters, we're still trying to figure out who's going to be involved," Ridley told us. "But really to me, it's trying to have a representation of the characters for me when I was growing up. When they arrived, I really felt the difference, I really felt that they stood out, you know. Obviously Black Lightning, John Stewart, Vixen, Katana, Renee Montoya."
Ridley also spoke about Montoya's evolution as a DC Comics character. Introduced as a detective in the Gotham Police Department, Montoya has since resigned from the police force after being outed as a lesbian and became The Question. "Her transition, you know, from being someone on the ground to becoming a hero and a hero to me: The Question has always been one of the most fascinating heroes.
"So it's really exciting to know that you could take almost any character in the DC Universe and individuals who unfortunately sometimes, in my opinion, over history they felt like maybe they were sidelined or they weren't really there and saying no, they were there. They were part of history and in fact helped create that history and that mythology that so many people enjoy today."
Ridley had lots more tantalizing things to say on the project and how it came about in our exclusive video interview above. The Other History of the DC Universe will kick off sometime this winter.
Additional material by Nathalie Caron.