Oscar-Winning Writer to Pen THE OTHER HISTORY OF THE DC UNIVERSE

It's going to get in the heads of various diverse DC heroes and see how being a superpowered individual of color is like.

DC Comics just announced that John Ridley, Oscar-winning screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave and writer of Vertigo's The American Way and its sequel Those Above and Those Below, will write a new prestige format series this winter.

The story will analyze iconic DC moments and chart sociopolitical gains from the perspectives of superheroes who come from traditionally oppressed groups.

Supergirl, John Stewart, Extraño, Vixen, Katana and Rene Montoya are all named as DC characters included in the story.

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. Eastern on Saturday, Jan. 13 as part of the DC in D.C. event. Other History will focus on their lives behind the capes and masks, and what they go through to overcome real-world issues.

"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", Ridley said.

Ridley will discuss the first details of his project this weekend at the DC in D.C. event in the nation's capital. If The Other History of the DC Universe channels that same ethos, it should be a very fresh and energetic look at characters who've stood apart from their peers. The writer is set to speak on the miniseries at the event's "The Many Shades of Heroism: DC Heroes Through the African-American Lens" panel.

Ridley previously wrote a comic called The American Way for DC, which dealt with a black superhero joining a government-sponsored super-group in the 1960s.

A now publishing sequel, The American Way: Those Above and Those Below, picks up the story a decade later, with all the political tension of the '70s put through the same lens.

The Other History of the DC Universe is now scheduled to launch in winter 2018.

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