DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns announced in an interview with SyFy Wire that he will be returning to comics later this year with a project entitled Doomsday Clock, slated for release in November of 2017.
According to Johns, Doomsday Clock will be the next major step in the underlying mystery of Rebirth after the conclusion of the Flash/Batman crossover event The Button in The Flash #22 this week.
It also seems to be a double entendre for the Superman villain "Doomsday" who was recently kidnapped by the mysterious Dr. Oz.
Johns revealed some details of the event, clarifying that this will "not be a Watchmen sequel" and that the story will be "standalone," meaning that it will not cross over or tie-in with any of the currently running DC ongoings.
"We’re not going to do a story like this unless we one-thousand percent believe in it. It is all about the story; it is only about the story. There are no crossovers. No watered down one-shots or mini-series on top of this one. This is a standalone story. There is only Doomsday Clock. We had no interest in doing a crossover with this. We didn’t want to see Doctor Manhattan facing off against Superman in Action Comics, with all due respect. That is not what this is about. It is about something different...It will have an impact on the entire DC Universe. It will affect everything moving forward and everything that has come before. It will touch the thematic and literal essence of DC."
He also, in no uncertain terms, confirmed that the much alluded to Dr. Manhattan of Watchmen fame will play a key role in the story.
"There will be DC characters throughout this, but this focuses in on only a handful. There is a lot of focus on Superman, and Doctor Manhattan. Doctor Manhattan is a huge focus, and his reasons for being here, and doing what he does, ultimately have to do with Superman. And there are many, many more characters to be involved, but it is a bit early to discuss."
This will be Johns' first foray into comics since last year's DC Universe Rebirth #1; he will be joined on the project by Gary Frank and Brad Anderson.