Johns Stresses That "Rebirth's" [SPOILER] Is an 'Antagonist,' Not a 'Villain'

Warning: Major spoilers follow for this week's game-changing "DC Universe: Rebirth" one-shot...

Surprising just about everyone, the "DC Universe: Rebirth" one-shot included a crossover with the world of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' seminal "Watchmen" series, suggesting that Dr. Manhattan could have caused the continuity alterations of the New 52.

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Speaking to USA Today, Johns clarified Manhattan's role as an "antagonist" -- which he indicated was distinctly different from being a "villain" -- in the DCU.

Revealing that he came up with the ending before he even wrote the issue, Johns noted that "...It's time for the [DC] universe, then, to confront the legacy of 'Watchmen' the way 'Watchmen,' three decades ago, confronted the legacy of superhero comics."

Johns added, "He took things away that are starting to come back...I think that's a compelling story to tell. Ultimately, what is the more powerful force, is it belief or disbelief?"

"DC Universe: Rebirth" #1 is on sale now.

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