DC Comics has now officially confirmed that writer and DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns and long-time Marvel artist John Romita Jr. will take up the reins of the core eponymous Superman title sometime "this summer."
The pairing will add a boost of star power to DC's Superman line-up with Scott Snyder and Jim Lee's Superman Unchained ending with issue #9 (solicited for April). Johns is still arguably one of the top 2 or 3 creative draws in the industry and DC's resident kingmaker of high-profile titles.
In an interview with IGN, the creative team talked about taking over the title together. While not getting into too many story specifics, Johns did reveal that the introduction of a new character will be a factor in their run, and it will “kind of reset Superman and his universe in the New 52,” said Johns.
“I think we've got a lot of great ideas that we've never seen before in a Superman book. One in particular that John threw out was -- I guess it ended up being a very casual thought, but then it turned into such a hinge to our entire storyline, and it developed in a way that I never expected it to.”
Asked to come up with a tagline for the title, Johns then responded, “For me, as far as the story goes, my tagline for the story is ‘Putting the Man of Tomorrow back in the Man of Tomorrow.’ It's really looking at Superman and getting back to the core values and attributes and strengths of Superman. Really, the Man of Tomorrow is the theme, for me, that we're going to tackle in this first storyline.
“To me, it's a little bit more of the Man of the Unknown,” Romita Jr. added, “because there are some things about Superman that are unknown officially, now, that we will discover. :
“Yeah, we really are exploring the unknown,” Johns continued. “If there's a theme for this entire project, it's entering the unknown...
“Working on the project, working in new territory, and then the storyline; it really is discovering the unknown. We'll learn some things about Superman that you've never known before, one in particular that is going to be redefining him in a way that we've never seen.”