Joshua Williamson (The Flash, The Button), David Marquez (Ultimate Spider-Man, Civil War II), and Dave Stewart (Hellboy) are set to launch a new Batman/Superman series this August, spinning out of the events of the Batman Who Laughs miniseries. Marquez will be making his DC debut with Batman/Superman, and has also signed an exclusive contract with the publisher.
The series was first teased in The Flash #65, where Batman revealed to Superman in an ending teaser that some heroes within the DCU were not who they seemed. Williamson spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about what readers can expect from the series. He said, “We discover through the Batman Who Laughs series that the Batman Who Laughs [has] been working on this massive plan since [Dark Nights] Metal. What it is is, he has sleeper agents throughout the [DC Universe]. They’ve been infected, and they’re slowly turning into the worst versions of themselves.”
He continued, “Some of them know they’re changing, some don’t. Some aren’t aware it’s kind of like a Jekyll and Hyde situation where they’re not aware of [what] the other side is doing.”
The series will also tie into the upcoming Year of the Villain storyline that will be running through most of DC’s books this summer.
Williamson spoke further about what Batman and Superman will be facing: “This is happening to six people – we’ve been calling them the Secret Six – who have been turned. But who could be turned? Who are they? [Batman and Superman] have to go out and figure it out. But that means spying on other heroes, friends, and allies.”
Marquez’s move to DC is an unexpected one, as he joins an increasingly large list of creators from Marvel who have joined DC, such as Brian Michael Bendis and G. Willow Wilson. He said, “When I heard the possibility of working with DC, I wasn’t sure I wanted to do more work-for-hire stuff after wrapping up with Marvel. They really kind of had to sell me on the idea of doing the series.”
So what convinced Marquez to come to DC? “In terms of the characters involved and the role it plays in [the] broader DCU and its evolving narrative, working with Josh who’s one of the biggest writers there – these reasons sold me on the idea of doing this book.”
Batman/Superman #1 hits comic shops on August 14. Check out the cover and some interior pages from the first issue below.