This September, Brian Michael Bendis and Ryan Sook relaunch the far-future DC Comics team Legion of Super-Heroes for the DC Rebirth era. According to Bendis, he was first approached to write the 31st century super-team years ago.
Bendis revealed Sook has quietly been working on the upcoming series for months, since their most recent collaboration in this past January's Action Comics #1006. He also recalled how DC Co-Publisher and Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee pitched him on writing the series years ago.
YEARS ago, @JimLee called me up: me, you, #LegionOfSuperHeroes I couldn't do it THEN but oh !@#$! jim had no idea how hard that was to say no to. I meant I legally couldn't do it but THAT hurt. I wanted it. bad. that was when the wheels for me to come to @DCComics really started— BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (@BRIANMBENDIS) June 14, 2019
While Bendis didn't specify when exactly he was approached by Lee, his comments indicate it may have been while he was under exclusive contract with Marvel Comics. After his contract expired at the end of 2017, Bendis officially signed with DC and relaunched Superman in a six-issue miniseries titled Man of Steel, with Sook as one of his collaborators.
DC has since shared Sook's character designs for the upcoming Legion of Super-Heroes series, teasing a new look for the DC Universe's 31st century.
Brian Michael Bendis and Ryan Sook's relaunch of the Legion of Super-Heroes begins this September with the two-issue miniseries Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium, which Bendis will write. The miniseries boasts a whole host of superstar artists, including Sook and Lee. The miniseries will segue directly into Bendis and Sook's new Legion of Super-Heroes series.