​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, "I looked at it then and felt,'“Oh! I’m doing what I said!' I’m literally doing the thing I said I wanted to see in Superman. So my subconscious and my conscious mind were working in tandem, which isn’t always the case."

He also revealed he had been considering Wolverine before leaving Marvel after eighteen years to work on Superman for DC. "I opened up the files and saw three covers that repeated over and over, " he explained. "There was 'Wolverine walks into a dusty town.' Then there was 'Wolverine fights ninjas.' And then 'Wolverine schools a young ingénue into being a more hard-edged ingénue.' Out of the hundreds of issues of Wolverine, about two-thirds were those three covers. So I made a note that those were three stories you’d never see from me. It’s all been done."


Bendis talked about how Superman doesn't have a refined Rogues Gallery like Spider-Man or Batman, so he saw most of the same kind of stories on Superman, whether it be Lex Luther or General Zod, and looked for new avenues of stories to tell. 

He also mentioned the big difference he saw in working at DC versus Marvel, stating, "What’s interesting is that the machines of Marvel and DC are so very different and very unique...the audience sees the characters in a different way."


"It does seem that DC has pushed the icon, the symbol of the character of Superman, more than the person behind it," he explains, though making sure to mention they "have pushed the character behind it! To say they haven’t is incorrect, but the icon has been so big."

"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.'" 


"But when I started coming over," he continues, "The whole time I was at my first meeting, I always referred to Superman as Clark. I was saying, 'Clark would feel this,' or, 'Clark would do that.' And after a while, I see the editor of Superman looking at me, and I said, 'What?' and he just went, 'No one calls him Clark! But that’s right. He’s got a name!' And I think that’s right."

"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.