UPDATE 2/2/2016 4:50 PM PT: In its latest DC Comics “Rebirth” rumor, Bleeding Cool states that it’s currently slated as a “relaunch with a modicum of retconning” rather than a reboot — though, creators have been instructed to “keep an open mind” when pitching ideas, and that hasn’t necessarily ruled out the possibility of a reboot.
DC Comics declined comment on these rumors when reached by CBR News.
Following an initial wave of rumors as well as mysterious tweets from high-profile DC creators, a second wave of rumors regarding DC’s upcoming “Rebirth” event have arrived online. Bleeding Cool has shared the rumors, cited from various unnamed sources, that see the entire DC superhero comics line potentially reborn this June. CBR News has reached out to DC Comics for comment, but has not received a response as of publication of this article.
It has not been clarified if “Rebirth” is a hard, “New 52”-style continuity reboot. The rumored changes coming to the DC Universe this summer, possibly following issues #52 of the titles still standing from the original “New 52” launch, are:
- Every relaunched book in the “Rebirth” might receive a “Rebirth” issue in June ahead of a new #1 issue. It’s rumored that biweekly books, possibly including “Batman,” will actually release their new #1 in June following the “Rebirth” issue.
- While it hasn’t been “locked down,” rumors suggest that Tom King (“Grayson,” “Vision”) will take over writing duties on the biweekly “Batman.” It’s been rumored that current “Batman” writer Scott Snyder will take over “Detective Comics,” which is said to remain monthly.
- According to an unnamed source, seven titles will be canceled before “Rebirth.” The rumor says that “Batman/Superman,” “Superman/Wonder Woman,” “Grayson,” “Starfire,” “Black Canary,” “Midnighter” and “Doctor Fate” may end before “Rebirth.”
- Additionally, other sources have claimed that some of those solo heroes will be moved to headline other books — like Starfire in “Titans,” Black Canary in “Birds of Prey” and Grayson returning to “Nightwing.”
- With the end of “Batman/Superman” and “Superman/Wonder Woman,” it’s rumored that a new series starring all three heroes, titled “Trinity,” will debut sometime after the initial “Rebirth.” The biweekly “Trinity” will star Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.
- A number of new books are rumored to launch as part of “Rebirth,” including: “The Super Man,” “Man of Steel,” “New Green Lantern” and “Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps.”
- Peter Tomasi is rumored to be the new “Superman” writer. The book is mentioned as being bi-monthly as opposed to bi-weekly like “Batman,” but considering the dual meaning of “bi-monthly,” it’s possible that “Superman” will be on an every-other-week schedule like “Batman.”
- A new “Justice Society of America” book is rumored to arrive as part of “Rebirth,” starring what’s described as a team of young heroes brought forward in time, where they will fight alongside the JLA.
- In addition to a new “Titans,” series, it’s rumored that there will also be a “Teen Titans” series, which will feature Damian Wayne in the lead as Robin.
- Another rumor states that one of the integral ideas of “Rebirth” depends on something in the upcoming “Batman v Superman” film — but that plot point is still a secret to both the editors and creators working on the new line.
“Rebirth” is rumored to arrive in June.