When DC Comics Co-Publisher Jim Lee and critically acclaimed “Batman” writer Scott Snyder were announced as the new creative team for a debut Superman series during New York Comic Con 2012, fans were understandably excited for the untitled book. USA Today reports the series now has a name, “Superman Unchained,” and will release June 12, two days before Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” hits theaters.
In addition to a main story drawn by Lee, Snyder will also write a backup feature with art by “Batman: Li’l Gotham” artist Dustin Nguyen.
“We’re all fans and we’ve all known this character for a long time,” Jim Lee told USA Today. “You have to fight your natural tendency to do what you know or what you’ve always thought the character to be. We’ve been pushing the creators to not be beholden to the past conceits and understandings [of Superman]. So we will speak to a new generation of readers.”
Snyder stated his approach to the Man of Steel would be to “come at it from a standpoint of what you love the most about the character, and then write a story that explores that, tear it down and build it back up.” The writer also teased interaction between Superman and Lois Lane.
“I know conceptually why he admires Lois Lane, but then when you’re writing them and you feel the chemistry between them and it comes to life on the page,” Snyder said, “it’s always these little bursts of surprises that have been a joy to discover with him.”
“Superman Unchained” is the second Superman-centric ongoing announced by DC in celebration of the character’s 75th anniversary. Greg Pak and Jae Lee were announced as the creative team on “Batman/Superman” last month, which explore the first meeting between the two iconic DC heroes and also debuts in June.
“Superman Unchained” #1 hits stores June 12.