Ahead of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’s” arrival in theaters next March, Scholastic will help introduce DC’s three headlining heroes to a new audience through a line of illustrated biographies titled “Backstories.” Announced in Publisher’s Weekly December 2015 Licensing Hotline, the “Backstories” line is described as a “middle-grade series of 120-page biographies” that will explore the histories of heroes and villains.
“It came about when we were having a brainstorming meeting,” Scholastic VP and publisher Debra Dorfman told Publisher’s Weekly. “We thought, we should do a biography series of fictional characters. How fun would that be?” The first line includes “Batman: Gotham City’s Guardian” by Matthew Manning, “Superman: The Man of Tomorrow” by Daniel Wallace and “Wonder Woman: Amazon Warrior” by an unnamed author.
The books will arrive in early 2016, ahead of “Batman v Superman’s” release, although the specific release date remains unclear. Amazon listings for the Batman and Superman books have their release scheduled for January 26, while Previews says they’ll arrive on February 24. The Publisher’s Weekly piece states they’ll arrive in March.
The article also states that Harley Quinn and Supergirl will also get “Backstories” entries, and Amazon lists “Harley Quinn: Wild Card” as arriving on May 31.
You can check out the summaries for the initial three “Backstories” below.
Batman: Gotham City’s Guardian
What was Bruce Wayne’s childhood like? Why does he dress up like a bat? What compels him to protect Gotham City? How did he become the world’s greatest detective? Who are his most trusted allies and fearsome foes? In this biography–complete with black-and-white illustrations, timelines, and fact boxes–young readers will delight in learning the complete history of Gotham’s fearless protector.
Superman: The Man of Tomorrow
How did a child from another planet named Kal-El become farm boy Clark Kent? What happened to his planet and family? What powers does he possess and what are his weaknesses? Who are his most trusted allies and fearsome foes? In this biography–complete with black-and-white illustrations, timelines, and fact boxes–young readers will delight in learning the complete history of Metropolis’s fearless protector.
Wonder Woman: Amazon Warrior
Wonder Woman: Amazon Warrior takes the traditional digest biography series format and shakes it up for a new generation. Just in time for the new Batman vs. Superman movie, featuring Wonder Woman. Who is Wonder Woman? How did she become a powerful super-hero? What abilities does she use to fight for what is right? In this biography – complete with black-and-white illustrations, timelines, and fact boxes – young readers will delight in learning the complete history of the awesome Amazon princess.
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