*The following is a companion piece to Staff Writer Chad Berkich’s latest analysis article, titled “DC’s Identity Crisis.” Chad is the Thinker’s resident superhero expert—and he uses the following news story to catch his readers up to speed, so that they may better understand the details of “DC’s Identity Crisis.”
For the third time since 2011, DC is rebooting their universe—albeit temporarily. DC Future State is a two-month, full-line event that offers “fans a glimpse into futures both near and far” and is a complete reimagining of the current DC comics universe.
The main talking point of DC Future State is the new Justice League. The traditional Justice League consists of seven members: Superman/Clark Kent, Batman/Bruce Wayne, Wonder Woman/Diana Prince, Aquaman/Arthur Curry, Green Lantern/Hal Jordan, the Flash/Barry Allen, and Martian Manhunter/J’onn J’onzz or Cyborg/Victor Stone. Members of this new Justice League will not know each other’s secret identities, and the line-up will consist of new heroes.
The introduction of the new Justice League is matched by many other changes to the status quo. Future State’s Gotham City will be controlled by the Magistrate, who keeps everything under surveillance and has outlawed vigilantes. Despite this, a Batman team continues to fight against the Magistrate’s reign of terror, while Batman/Bruce Wayne, who is presumed dead by the Magistrate, continues to fight them under the new mantle of Dark Detective. Superman, due to a crisis in the near future, is forced off Earth and travels to Warworld, while his son Jon takes over the iconic mantle. Barry Allen/The Flash is cut off from the Speed Force, the source of his powers. The Green Lantern’s power source, the Central Power Battery, is dead. Finally, Amander Waller is using a new Suicide Squad that is composed of characters who look like the Justice League on Earth-3. From a cover released by DC, there also appears to be a Flash/speedster with prosthetic legs. And these are only a handful of the many changes that will occur in DC Future State.
DC Future State is likely based on DC Comics 5G, an event that was teased and headed by Dan DiDio, who recently left the company. While the changes in DC Future State are a large shake-up of the status quo, normal comics and arcs will restart in March. How much of DC Future State will become permanent or come into mainstream continuity is unknown. However, DC has confirmed that a series about Yara Flor, the new Wonder Woman, will start after Future State.
Chad Berkich is a Senior Editor for the Chicago Thinker. As a junior at the University of Chicago, he is majoring in mathematics. He is a Christian and conservative, and his other interests include superheroes and science fiction, video games, and rock music. He is also the president of the University of Chicago's chapter of College Republicans.