Dan Jurgens on CONVERGENCE: SUPERMAN & If There's Any Future For the PRE-52 Man of Steel?

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At first glance, there's already two things going for the two-issue Convergence: Superman: the return of pre-Flashpoint Clark Kent, and Dan Jurgens drawing him.

But it's also worth noting that Jurgens is one of the most well-versed architects of the whole Convergence event — he co-wrote The New 52: Futures End, which ties directly into Convergence, he paved the way for the April-May event back in September with the story in Booster Gold: Futures End, and he co-wrote the lead-in to the story, Convergence #0.

And of course the return of the former Superman — and his red trunks — also means the return of his marriage to Lois Lane. And in Convergence: Superman, Lois is pregnant.

Add to the mix a few Flashpoint characters (who, in a weird twist of events, are battling pre-Flashpoint characters), and the structure of Convergence: Superman emerges.

Jurgens, who's working with artist Lee Weeks on the first issue then drawing the second issue himself, is also writing Convergence: Booster Gold — both are two-issue tie-ins to the main, weekly Convergence series.

Newsarama talked to Jurgens to find out more about the issue and — since Dan DiDio said every door is open at the end of Convergence — we asked whether there's a chance this version of Superman is sticking around in June.

Newsarama: Dan, what's the appeal of Convergence for a comics' creator, particularly one who's been writing for DC awhile?

Dan Jurgens: That answer is probably different for every writer.

For me, as it pertains to Superman, it offered a chance to get in touch with a character, now more or less gone, that I have great fondness for. I obviously have spent a lot of time with that particular version of Superman and it was fun to get back in touch with him — kind of like visiting an old friend.

Nrama: How difficult was it to pull this story together? How much freedom was given to creators (particularly you on Superman), and how much was already mapped out?

Jurgens: It wasn't difficult at all. I was involved with some of the early planning sessions for Convergence, so it was pretty easy to see where this would slot in. In a way, whenever you start to talk about a major DC event/story, you always have to consider Superman's involvement.

In other words, it was a natural fit.

Nrama: How beneficial was it for you to have worked on the Futures End weekly and the overall Convergence story, by working on the #0 issue?

Jurgens: It was super beneficial. In fact, some of the raw concepts for Superman came from a conversation that Brian Azzarello and Jeff Lemire and I had late one night as we discussed where Futures End might lead. At the time, we hadn't honed in much on the overall story or where, exactly, Superman would go with it, but we certainly identified how it could all work.

Whenever you do something like this, it's important for one story to very naturally segue into the next and I think we've been able to do that here.

Nrama: What can you tell us about where Superman is as we pick up his story?

Jurgens: This picks up on the Superman that was most recently seen before the events of Flashpoint and the emergence of the New 52.

Convergence: Superman
Convergence: Superman
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Clark and Lois are still married, of course. They're actually in Gotham City, along with Jimmy Olsen, as they were there for a news writers' convention.

Let's just say that they've been more or less trapped there, with some unfortunate realities imposed on them.

Nrama: How much time has passed as we meet him in this story?

Jurgens: About a year.

Nrama: And are there other characters that play a role, besides Jimmy?

Jurgens: Professor Hamilton. I always liked the elements that Hamilton brought to the book. Always helps to have a scientist around.

Nrama: OK, let's talk about the story. What's the main threat for Superman?

Jurgens: The Flashpoint characters — most notably Batman, Subject 1 (their Superman), Cyborg, Captain Thunder and Abin Sur. The Gothams from those two worlds are pitted against each other, with only one guaranteed survival.

Nrama: As you're imagining a pregnant Lois Lane, what's she like at this point? Do you address what a super powered being might do to her as she carries him/her?!

Jurgens: Lois is still working as a reporter, documenting their imprisonment in Gotham City, as well as helping Superman in his fight for justice.

As for the way that carrying a super powered being might affect her, well... stay tuned.

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Nrama: How's it been working with Lee Weeks on the first issue of the series? And are you doing any art?

Jurgens: Lee Weeks drew the first issue and his work is absolutely stunning. He really draws a wonderful Lois and naturally majestic Superman. I'm drawing issue 2 and he set a tough pace that's almost impossible to keep up with!

Nrama: A lot of people are understandably excited to see the return of the older, wiser Superman (and his red trunks). Do you think there's a future for that version of Superman and his family?

Jurgens: That version of Superman managed to beat death — or so I hear — so I'd like to think he can overcome anything!

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