For his next DC project, he's going to get inside the heads of heroes such as John Stewart, Renee Montoya and Katana to see what it feels like to be a superhero when you aren't just another white guy. The book boasts following characters of many different backgrounds, from John Stewart to Rene Montoya to Supergirl.
Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley ("12 Years a Slave") will examine the DC mythology through the lens of women, people of color and LGBTQ characters via a new miniseries, "The Other History of the DC Universe", DC announced Friday. The Other History of the DC Universe will also analyze iconic DC moments and chart sociopolitical gains. The Other History of the DC Universe will be spotlighted at the "DC in D.C." pop-up event in Washington D.C. this weekend. Other History will focus on their lives behind the capes and masks, and what they go through to overcome real-world issues. "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".
"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", said Ridley in a statement. DC in D.C.is a landmark pop culture event illuminating the story of America and current issues through the lens of comics and Super Heroes.
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.
Ridley's The American Way: Those Above and Those Below will come to a close in the next few months, with The Other History of the DC Universe premiering sometime later this year. The panel is scheduled to take place on Saturday, January 13, at 11:00 a.m. ET.
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.