Geoff Johns promised big changes to in the DC Universe following Forever Evil, telling readers to “Keep your eyes on Lex [Luthor]. He’s the one to watch .”
Apparently DC readers will be watching him all the way to membership in (and even more surprisingly potential leadership of) the Justice League starting in April, and it appears he’ll be bringing Captain Cold with him.
“Lex Luthor is sporting a new title on his business card: Hero,” writes Matt Moore of the Associated Press early Friday morning.
"Is he going to lead the Justice League? It depends on whom you ask on the team," Johns told the AP. "Certainly, he thinks he should."
According to the AP story, Johns says Luthor’s time in the Justice League will make for "intriguing and unsettling events as the super group finds its place anew in a world wracked by the alternate-dimension Crime Syndicate from Earth-3 and the mayhem they wrought in the vast Forever Evil event…”
The Justice League will have to "rebuild its reputation and its dynamic" among members Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Captain Marvel, Cyborg, and former Flash rogue Captain Cold.
Noticeably absent in the Justice League #30 cover image is Superman, The Flash, and Green Lantern.
"The Justice League is going to go through a lot of changes, obviously, in the wake of Forever Evil," Johns explained. "A lot of the blame can be put on their shoulders for what has happened: They were infiltrated and they fought each other and that led to the unleashing of the Crime Syndicate and the evil that took over the world."
Johns said readers will see lines blurred between good and bad in the post-Forever Evil world, along with "seeing what kind of heroes it will take to not just protect the world, but defend the world."
According to the AP, “the team's dynamic is going to be tested with his presence and Luthor will find himself facing different pressures commensurate with his new position, one that will see him break new and unfamiliar ground.
"With fame and spotlight comes scrutiny and detractors," added Johns.
"I think the most interesting thing is that Lex doesn't realize what it's like to be a superhero, what the life is like. You make enemies, they attack you on a personal level. And he's just Lex Luthor. He has no codename, no mask," he said. "He has to deal with the ramifications of that."
* Newsarama goes 1-on-1 with Geoff Johns Friday at noon ET with much more on Lex Luthor, the Justice League, and the future of the DC Universe.