A big move in DC Comics is about to take off, as Brian Michael Bendis, creator and writer for Marvel's Jessica Jones, Miles Morales' Spider-Man, and Ironheart, moves to DC to take over creative duties of Superman.
Speaking with CBR for an exclusive interview, the writer talked about his big plans for the beginning six-issue series Man of Steel, and why his identity as Clark Kent is the heart of the character.
"Dan DiDio wanted to call it Man of Steel," he revealed, "and I was hesitant."
"It harkens back to [John Byrne’s famed reinvention in the ’80s], which was its own thing," he said, "and it’s also the title of a movie that I was very critical of."
Going back and reading his statements regarding his disappointment with the 2013 DC film, Bendis remarked, "
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"But in Marvel," he says, "you’re often digging into the heart of the character. It’s always 'Poor Peter Parker,' whereas nobody says, 'Poor Clark Kent.'"
"Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman all get taken care of, but we’ve got to make sure they’re all given their due as characters," Bendis clarified, "Which is not to say that the people who have been writing the books haven’t done a lot with Clark. It’s just an adjustment."
Brian Michael Bendis' introduction to Superman is out now at the end of Action Comics #1000, but his six-part limited series of The Man of Steel hits the shelves on May 30th.