’12 Years a Slave’ Writer John Ridley Explores Lives of Marginalized Heroes in ‘The Other History of the DC Universe’

The Oscar-winning, 12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridley wants to take a look at the dark side of the DC Universe history with his new comic, The Other History of the DC Universe.

The series will focus on the racial and political history of the DC Universe, telling tales centered on heroes from marginalized groups. Taking lead in the story will be Green Lantern (John Stewart), Extrano, Vixen, Supergirl, Katan and Renee Montoya. In the book will look at key moments from DC’s history in a new perspective as we witness our cast struggle with self-acceptance.

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In a press release from DC, Ridley shared his excitement for the project:

“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,” explains Ridley. “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.”

This past weekend at DC in D.C. John Ridley was featured in a panel called The Many Shades of Heroism: DC Heroes Through the African-American Lens. Despite Ridley quickly shutting down the request for more details on his upcoming project, the 45-minute panel is well worth the watch. The panel starts at 52:40!

Source: io9

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