USA Today has news Friday morning of a new creative team for Superman/Wonder Woman. Batman and Robin writer Peter Tomasi and artist Doug Mahnke take over the series with November's issue #13, and plans to continue the high-profile romance between the characters, along with bringing back some old villains.
"I want to stare hard into the heart of both of these characters and their true love and see what that love means to us, the DC Universe and the people of Earth," Tomasi told USA Today. "Does it pose a danger or a threat? If two people like that are together and in love, where is the drama in that, and what repercussions does it have?"
The national newspaper also revealed the very interesting cover to Tomasi's Batman and Robin #36, also on sale in November, the next chapter in his "Robin Rises" story arc. As you can see in the image, Red Robin, Batgirl and Red Hood each put on Robin costumes reminiscent of Damian Wayne's Robin costume.
"All of these characters at this point are in the Robin mix," Tomasi explained. "The Bat-family will, in the end, rise to the challenge of helping a new Robin come to be in the DCU."
Whether Damian or some version of him remains in the mix as the "new" Robin remains to be seen.
Over in Superman/Wonder Woman, though, a mysterious crew of bad guys is ascending upon the world, beginning with the reintroduction of Atomic Skull and Major Disaster. Those two fit into a major scheme that will pique fans' interest, according to Tomasi.
"Something wicked this way comes," he says. "It's really the initial salvo, and we'll see these characters are the shock troops — they're hitting the front line first, and there's a lot bigger stuff behind them."
Although he's getting free reign in terms of supporting villains, it's the two heroes in the title who really brought Tomasi on board: "They're two obviously headstrong characters, physically strong characters and characters who have very strong opinions on how the world should work."
He wants to continue what previous writer Charles Soule started and explore the external and internal forces that push and pull on their relationship. Tomasi feels he can go close to the fire with Superman and Wonder Woman and push their buttons romantically, emotionally and physically, more so than with other characters.
With so many love affairs in movies and TV for inspiration, from Dave and Maddie of Moonlighting to Nick and Norah of Infinite Playlistfame, "there'll be little bits of all the classic romantic characters coming out probably in some small way through these two big icons," he says.
Their distinctive upbringings — Clark Kent's Midwestern childhood growing up in Smallville, and Diana being raised in a community devoid of men — also will play a large role in their love for each other and conflict between them, not to mention the fact that Wonder Woman is pretty much a god of war now.
That was Tomasi's way in, he says, to really think about where they would be at this point in their lives and how they would deal with the opposite sex and their moral values.
"I don't want to write 22 pages of them staring into each other's eyes with them going, 'Oh, I love you, Supes!' 'I love you, Wonder Woman!' I really want to shake it up," he adds.
"It's not strong love if it's not tested. Anything with two hearts in mind, if they're not put at odds or built through hardships and tough times, I don't think they're real relationships."