At the DC Nation panel at New York Comic Con, DC Comics publisher Dan DiDio has revealed the first details on something fans have been waiting for for sometime now—an Ultimate DC Universe Timeline. In addition to teasing the new timeline, attendees of the panel were shown a chart depicting the timeline, though many entries were redacted. It’s currently unknown what form this new timeline will take, though it could be a new version of the classic
According to DiDio (via
Unlike their biggest rival Marvel Comics, the DC Universe continuity has been, shall we say, a bit more fluid—especially when factoring in all the reality-altering events like
Writer Geoff Johns has been attempting to fix things these past few years. His 2016
In the DC Universe timeline Didio showed at the panel, he explained DC history is now broken down into four “generations”. Generation one now features Wonder Woman as the first superhero on the scene, along with the OG super team the Justice Society of America. This keeps the original generation of heroes squarely in the World War II era once more.
Generation two begins with the arrival of Superman, and appears to feature the early years of the Justice League of America, along with other groups like the Teen Titans. As Batman and Superman have always been contemporaries, one would imagine Batman appeared first around this time as well.
Generation three begins with events of
Generation four supposedly brings us to today, with comics like the current Justice League run from Scott Snyder. It also seems the Wildstorm characters are in play in the DC Universe proper once again, while current event the
But certainly for longtime DC Comics fans, the implications here are pretty big. Whereas
Still DC’s continuity and history has been a hot mess for seven years now, and it goes a long way that the folks in charge are trying to fix things. A good story is a good story, but if they want to fans to invest in the overall universe, then the continuity has to make some kind of sense. And certainly for older fans, knowing that decades of classic stories “count” again will bring many back into the fold. But only time will tell how well they pull this off, or if this will be another quick fix that leaves holes in the history once again.