The Return of The Justice League In Late 2023 From DC
DC is bringing back Justice League later this year as part of Dawn Of DC. All it needs is a little... exposure.
Bleeding Cool has been keeping an eye on the Dawn Of DC, Forging The Future One Hero At A Time timelines being promoted, and how it seems to rapidly change. When promoting their current Dawn Of DC relaunch promotion, DC Comics released this look at 2023, with the title "Forging The Future One Hero At A Time". We knew about Lazarus Planet and that it would star Superman and Monkey Prince. But what about what came next? Green Arrow and Green Lantern, Shazam, Batman and Hawkman, and something called "Knight T…"
- Green Lantern: Hal Jordan by Mariko Tamaki and a TBA artist was announced for April. Green Arrow by Josh Williamson was announced for April.
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold by Tom King and others was announced for May.
- Shazam! by Mark Waid and Dan Mora was announced for June.
- Green Lantern: John Stewart by Phillip Kennedy Johnson and TBA artist was announced without a date.
There was no mention of a Hawkman, or anything beginning "Knight T…"
A later update shifted Green Lantern later a month, as DC dropped one writer in favour of another, possibly to match James Gunn's plans for DC Studios. And the Batman event gave us another letter, "KNIGHT TE…" suggesting Knight Terrors.
- Green Lantern by Jeremy Adams and Xermánico on Hal Jordan, Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Osvaldo Montos on John Stewart, for May.
Now a new update has pushed out Hawkman, replaced by Cyborg and Titans.
- A new Titans #1 by Tom Taylor and Nicola Scott for May.
- A new Cyborg #1 by Morgan Hampton and Tom Raney for May.
But there's more, and if you push the exposure on the image, you see the skull more clearly. As well as the logo confirming the KNIGHT TER or Knight Terrors. A new Wonder Woman series. Hawkman has been moved further down the line rather than dropped. And what's that far right? Let's zoom in a little, shall we?
The Return Of The JL.
And the beginning of this logo.
The Justice League were killed at the end of Justice League #75. They were resurrected during Dark Crisis, but the Justice League is still disbanded. The Titans team are seen to be the natural successors, led by Nightwing. Looks like the Justice League will be returning soon than may have thought. Unless of course it's the Justice Legion…. here are the latest updated Dawn Of DC plans.
- Superman #1 by Joshua Williamson and Jamal Campbell, Clark Kent is settling back into his life on Earth while iconic and new enemies erupt from the shadows to take him on.
- Unstoppable Doom Patrol #1 by Dennis Culver and Chris Burnham. Spinning directly out of Lazarus Planet, the world's strangest superheroes are saving the world by saving its monsters
- Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #1, by Tom Taylor and Clayton Henry, Jon Kent will also get to forge his own path and will take on the man responsible for his kidnap and torture, Ultraman
- Superboy: The Man of Tomorrow by Kenny Porter and Jahnoy Lindsay, the 2022 DC Round Robin-winner. Determined to find his place in a strange universe, Conner Kent/Superboy leaves Earth behind. But his journey of self-discovery brings him face-to-face with a group of freedom fighters who challenge not just everything Conner stands for but what it means to bear the Superman crest.
- Green Lantern by Jeremy Adams and Xermánico on Hal Jordan, Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Osvaldo Montos on John Stewart.
- Green Arrow by Joshua Williamson and Sean Izaakse. Oliver Queen has been lost since Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths, and his family is determined to find him—but there are dangerous forces just as determined to keep them apart at any cost. An action-packed adventure across the DC Universe that sets the stage for major stories in 2023.
DC May 2023
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold features multiple creators, including Tom King, Mitch Gerads, Guillem March, Gabriel Hardman, Dan Mora, Rob Williams and more. A classic title returns with tales of the Dark Knight and core stories building out Dawn of DC.
- Cyborg #1 by Morgan Hampton and Tom Raney. Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths forever changed Victor Stone, and now, as Dawn of DC rises, he might just hold the secret to Earth's future,
- Titans #1 by Tom Taylor and Nicola Scott.
DC June 2023
- Shazam! by Mark Waid and Dan Mora. Billy Batson is back as the champion in the action-comedy comic about a boy with powers that rival Superman's and a whole lot of growing up left to do. We'll see Shazam hanging out at the Rock of Eternity, his secret clubhouse that can travel through space and time, as well as punching dinosaurs in the face, seeing how long he can hold his breath on the moon, and getting into wild and fun adventures with his tiger, Tawky Tawny, by his side.
- The Penguin (working title) by Tom King and Stefano Gaudiano. After escaping Gotham City and his criminal past to happily retire to Metropolis, the Penguin is forced back into organized crime by the U.S. government! The feathered felon, and Gotham City, will never be the same.
- Steelworks starring John Henry Irons – as we suspected. Creative team TBA, Just in time for his 30th anniversary, John Henry Irons must bring Metropolis into the future while trusting his niece Natasha to carry the mantle of Steel. Steelworks will be available in June from a talent team that will be revealed at a later date.
DC Later in 2023
Their PR states that "DC Comics is embarking on a yearlong storytelling initiative: Dawn of DC. Following the events of Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths and DC Universe: Lazarus Planet, the world's superheroes have emerged from the biggest, most devastating battles of their lives and are reinvigorated in their fights against evil. With epic new storylines, over 20 exciting new titles, superstar creative teams, and villains that will push the heroes beyond their limits in bold adventures, this line-wide, multievent narrative initiative kicks off with January's Action Comics #1051."
And that "All year long, DC will be celebrating the classic characters while also embracing the next generation of new heroes, as we're going to need everyone to help fight against the darkness. Dawn of DC will shine the spotlight on a number of fan-favorite superheroes and super-villains that haven't been front and center for some time."
"After the near-Multiverse-ending events in Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths and DC Universe: Lazarus Planet, the DC Universe will be heading toward the light," said DC publisher and chief creative officer Jim Lee. "With brand-new series and story arcs from some of the top creative members in comics, Dawn of DC is one of our most ambitious initiatives ever and is a chance for us to tell bigger and bolder stories across our line."