SPOILER WARNING: The following story contains massive spoilers for the "DC Universe: Rebirth" one-shot, arriving in stores May 25.
Among the secrets found in the pages of DC Comics' highly anticipated "DC Universe: Rebirth" one-shot, perhaps the biggest revelation of the 80-page one-shot is that the new DC Universe is created by "Watchmen's" Doctor Manhattan.
In an interview with USA Today, DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer and writer of the one-shot, Geoff Johns, touches on the importance of the character behind the universe's Rebirth, though he stops short of revealing exactly how the characters from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' seminal story will fit into the DCU in the months and years ahead.
While Johns emphasizes that Rebirth is intended to re-infuse DC's main superhero line with "hope and optimism," don't expect warm, fuzzy feelings from Manhattan as he and his fellow "Watchmen" characters make their debut as an integral part of the DCU. "If you're going to have a conflict between optimism and pessimism, you need to have someone who represents a cynical view of life and also has the ability to affect this." Johns told USA Today. "I know it's crazy but he felt like the right character to use."
Johns says the role pre-Flashpoint Wally West plays in the continuity-reshaping one-shot is equally as important as Doctor Manhattan's. The young hero, who has not been seen since the launch of the New 52 (which included a new, African-American Wally West) represents the readers' entry point into the new DCU in a rather meta sort of way.
"He has perspective that a lot of readers might have," the writer says. "He knows everything and he's trying to get back to it."
The reality-altering "DC Universe: Rebirth" one-shot, by Geoff Johns, Gary Frank, Ivan Reis, Ethan Van Sciver, Phil Jimenez and more, arrives in stores May 25.