Superman will publicly reveal his secret identity this December, setting up major ramifications for DC Comics' flagship superhero moving forward. While confirming that Clark Kent outing himself to the DC Universe in Superman #18 is indeed real with far-reaching consequences, writer Brian Michael Bendis noted the heroes and villains of the DCU will have their own responses to the earth-shattering revelation, with some of the latter possibly turning to the side of good as a result.
"Everybody who’s ever been in contact with him is going to have a completely different perspective and reaction to this," explained Bendis in an interview with The New York Times. "Some heroes are going to be thrilled, some heroes are going to be livid, some villains are going to change their ways."
DC announced an appropriately super-sized one-shot, Superman: Heroes #1 out this January, will explore the immediate fallout of Clark's shocking announcement, as the Daily Planet staff and Justice League react to their colleague going public with his biggest secret. Apparently, some of the Man of Steel's greatest foes may make amends as Superman becomes more honest and open with the public than ever before.
Superman #18 is written by Brian Michael Bendis and illustrated by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado. It is scheduled to go on sale December 11 from DC Comics.