Years A Slave's John Ridley To Pen 'Other History Of DC Universe'

DC Universe John Ridley

DC Universe John Ridley

Indeed, while the concept of The Other History of the DC Universe hints at an auteur exploration of the publisher's lineup akin to cartoonist Darwyn Cooke's The New Frontier, The American Way's focus on social justice issues and marginalized communities sheds further light on what themes and ideas we're likely to see explored in The Other History.

Tapping Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley (who won the award for 12 Years a Slave, but tackled superheroes in the animated Static Shock and Justice League TV shows), the literary miniseries "will analyze iconic DC moments and chart sociopolitical gains through the perspectives of DC Super Heroes who come from traditionally disenfranchised groups, including John Stewart, Extraño, Vixen, Supergirl, Katana and Rene Montoya", according to DC. The series is scheduled to debut in winter 2018.

The Other History of the DC Universe is the latest ambitious project from DC, who have turned their comic book line around dramatically over the last two years. It comes the night before Ridley will speak on the "The Many Shades of Heroism: DC Heroes Through the African-American Lens" panel during Black Lightning premiere weekend in Washington, D.C.to celebrate Martin Luther King Day and inclusion in comics. "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".

"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", says Ridley in the DC press release. Eastern on Saturday, Jan. 13 as part of the DC in D.C. event. He was also the creator of acclaimed ABC series American Crime, which ran from 2015 to 2017.

"THE OTHER HISTORY OF THE DC UNIVERSE isn't about saving the world, it's about having the strength to simply be who you are". The Other History of the DC Universe marks his first DCU work. He is now working on a sequel for DC's Vertigo imprint.

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