DC Comics publisher Dan DiDio addressed the continued rumors of the 5G initiative and when it might be implemented. Wonder Woman #750 plays a key role in the future of the DC Universe continuity. DiDio confirmed the issue will be one of the first series where the new timeline comes into play.
Back in October of 2019 at New York Comic-Con, Dan DiDio unveiled a brief glimpse of the “5G” timeline during the DC Nation panel. This timeline included significant stories and events from DC’s past split into four sections that DiDio described as generations.
Generation One begins with the Wonder Woman as the first public superhero until the appearance of Superman, which starts the second generation. The third generation spans the time from Crisis on Infinite Earths (1986) to Flashpoint (2011). The fourth-generation would then cover the events of The New 52 through Rebirth – aka the present day. The fifth-generation (5G) is rumored to center around the idea that many of the flagship characters like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Aquaman, and will step aside and cede their mantles to replacements to a younger generation.
In a Facebook Live video, DiDio addressed several matters, including plans for the DCU continuity for 2020 and beyond. One of the topics he addressed was the importance of the upcoming Wonder Woman #750.
There’s been a lot of chatter, myself included, about our timeline. The purpose is to bring in a baseline of storytelling that brings a level of consistency and more uniformity in the interpretations of the characters. We are looking to build a series of books that will re-tell the history of the DC Universe. In some ways, that will become our bible for the DC Universe.
One of the first places you’ll see this happening is in Wonder Woman #750. The change in numbering is purposeful in the sense that [ Wonder Woman #750] is the first time that we’re acknowledging the timeline and establishing [Wonder Woman] as our first superhero, in a story by Scott Snyder and Bryan Hitch. Something similar is going to be happening in The Flash.
This “smoke” of the beginning of this new continuity is not the first rumblings of DC Comics preparing to transition to the next phase. As a lead into the new Bendis penned Legion of Super-Heroes title, the two-part Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium, which spanned 1,000 years and, for the very first time and connected all of DC’s future timelines. The second mention of a “5G” was in the final pages of the recently completed Doomsday Clock by Geoff Johns. As Doctor Manhattan watches the timeline restore itself, the events which could mark the new rumored generations are shown, and the creation of Earth-5G in January of 2026 is created as “the timeline is restored.” It is also mentioned in the final pages of Doomsday Clock that Wonder Woman fought alongside the Justice League of Society during World War II. This panel coincides with the idea of Wonder Woman’s first public appearance kicking off Generation One of the new timeline.
Like other continuity relaunches, the concept of the generations defining the history of the universe is a risky move. While choosing Wonder Woman’s first public appearance seems like a strange place to start a timeline, it would coincide with the Wonder Woman film franchise. Thus, having Wonder Woman arriving during World War II and still operating in the present with the contemporary members of the Justice League would provide a logical progression and help streamline the two universes. In theory, by streamlining the comic and movie universes, the publisher may believe that the comic universe will more accessible and appealing to new readers.
Overall, it seems that DC Comics is hoping that the idea that the entire history of the DC Universe is canon, thus offering something for fans of all ages. What remains to be seen is how and if they can pull this off, but if Wonder Woman #750 is the smoke, then the fire can’t be far behind.
Source: Dan DiDio (via BleedingCool)