Is Superman & The Authority Taking Place On The Planned 5G Timeline?

After meticulous study, Bleeding Cool is currently preparing to publish the final, complete DC Timeline that Dan DiDio had planned to run alongside 5G, was published in the pulped Free Comic Book Day title for 2020, and would have defined the DC Universe going forward. The moment this tweet hits 100 retweets it will be lined up to run. I am in a capricious mood. But what does this mean for Superman & The Authority by Grant Morrison and Mikel Janin?
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It was a move that Bleeding Cool first reported in 2019, and Grant Morrison has talked about how originally the plan that they rejected was to have a more authoritarian Superman forming The Authority while his son Jonathan Kent took over in the main Superman role. James Tynion IV talked about how dictatorial 5G plans were for creators. But Grant, because it's Grant, wrote something different. However, it may betray some of its 5G plans.

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One of the main aspects of 5G was the new DC Timeline, taking the entirety of the DC Universe and laying it out chronologically,m stating what happened in what year. The upcoming Bleeding Cool will reveal all but we can tell you about two timezones that are featured in Superman & The Authority.
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It begins with Superman meeting President Kennedy the month of his assassination as Kennedy is planning putting a man on Mars, while Superman becomes part of that year's putting a man on the moon – an event that sees him unable to prevent the assassination of JFK.
Interior preview page from SUPERMAN AND THE AUTHORITY #1 (OF 4) CVR A MIKEL JANINNow, according to the DC Timeline we have been working with, Superman would have been at the very beginning of his career around then (though the dates may have been juggled with after 5G was dumped.
Interior preview page from SUPERMAN AND THE AUTHORITY #1 (OF 4) CVR A MIKEL JANINAnd the modern-day scenes, with a grey-haired Superman wearing a Kingdom Come Superman-style top would have had Superman in his late fifties/early sixties according to the now-abandoned DC Timeline. And yes the sums don't add up, that's part of what we'll be revealing when this tweet hits a hundred.
Interior preview page from SUPERMAN AND THE AUTHORITY #1 (OF 4) CVR A MIKEL JANINAnd while, yes, the events of Superman & The Authority published on Tuesday will be affecting the Infinite Frontier Superman books, it is clear that a) this is not the DC Timeline that the other Superman books are set in and b) it is a glimpse of what those original Dan DiDio plans were.
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Oh, and Mikel Janin has tweeted more of the project's meandering journey…

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SUPERMAN AND THE AUTHORITY #1 (OF 4)
(W) Grant Morrison (A/CA) Mikel Janin
So metimes even Superman finds a task almost impossible. Sometimes even the Last Son of Krypton needs to enlist help. Some tasks require methods and heroes that don't scream Justice League. So Clark Kent, the Metropolis Marvel, seeks out Manchester Black, the most dastardly of rogues, to form an all-new Authority tasked with taking care of some business on the sly. Not only will Black know the right candidates for the team, but if Superman can make him behave himself and act in service of the greater good, then he'll prove literally anyone can be a hero! They'll have to move quickly, however, as the Ultra-Humanite forms his own team to take out the Man of Steel. This new limited series helps launch an all-new Superman status quo, setting up story elements that reverberate across both Action Comics and Superman: Son of Kal-El in the months to come. And not only is Superman putting together a superstar team, but it takes superstars to tell the tale: Grant Morrison (The Green Lantern, All-Star Superman) and Mikel Janin (Batman, Future State: Superman: Worlds of War)!
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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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