Oscar Winner to Explore 'The Other History of the DC Universe'

With DC Entertainment's "DC in D.C." event taking place this weekend, the publisher has announced a new miniseries titled The Other History of the DC Universe, written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter John Ridley. No artist has yet been announced for the series.

The miniseries aims to reexamine key parts of DC Comics history, now told through the lens of characters from minority and marginalized backgrounds. DC's press release says the series will "analyze iconic DC moments and chart sociopolitical gains through the perspectives of DC Super Heroes who come from traditionally disenfranchised groups," and focus "on the lives of those behind the costumes, and their endeavors to overcome real-world issues."

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Supergirl, John Stewart, Extraño, Vixen, Katana and Rene Montoya are all named as DC characters included in the story. The series is scheduled to debut in winter 2018. The format and number of issues has not been revealed, but DC has dubbed it a "prestige comic book miniseries."

The scope of The Other History of the DC Universe fits the overall theme of the DC in D.C. event, which looks to unite entertainment and public service in Washington D.C., the federal capital of the United States.

"I could not be more excited by the opportunity to excavate the canon of the DC Universe through a vast array of characters who’ve earned their seat at the table," Ridley said in a statement. "I’m very impressed with DC's commitment to making their history as reverent and urgent as it is engaging and entertaining for all its many fans."

Ridley is slated to discuss the series at "The Many Shades of Heroism: DC Heroes Through the African-American Lens" panel, scheduled to take place at 11 a.m. Eastern on Saturday, Jan. 13 as part of the DC in D.C. event.

In 2014, Ridley won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for 12 Years a Slave. He was also the creator of acclaimed ABC series American Crime, which ran from 2015 to 2017. His most notable comic book work was The American Way, originally released in 2006 as part of the WildStorm imprint and illustrated by Georges Jeanty. Its sequel, the six-issue The American Way: Those Above and Those Below, debuted this past summer under DC's Vertigo imprint. The Other History of the DC Universe marks his first DCU work.

Keep reading CBR for coverage from the DC in D.C. event this weekend.

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