For readers who wanted the pre-Flashpoint Superman back on the main DCU earth, Superman: Lois and Clark is a wish come true.
Thanks to the events of Convergence, it's been revealed that the older, married, pre-reboot versions Clark Kent and Lois Lane are alive and well on DC's Prime Earth — hiding for years among the residents of the "New 52" universe.
And with Superman: Lois and Clark #1, their nine-year-old son Jon will start to figure out who his parents really are.
The October-launching title, which features art by Lee Weeks, is one of three titles that DC announced as "spin-offs" from the two-month Convergence mini-series.
DC fans found out earlier this week that one of those titles, Titans Hunt, will reveal a secret history that unites the characters associated with the pre-Flashpoint Teen Titans — but within the new, post-reboot world.
Now, with Superman: Lois and Clark, Jurgens has confirmed that pre-Flashpoint Superman and Lois are also part of the post-reboot world. And their situation isn't helped by the other version of Superman having his secret identity revealed to the world — a "horrifying development" for them, according to Jurgens.
Newsarama talked to Jurgens to find out more about the comic, and DC provided some interior art from the first issue – including those much-missed red trunks.
Nrama: Dan, is this a direct continuation of the characters and world from Convergence? It seems like that mini-series set up this series, correct?
Dan Jurgens: Right. In the two Convergence: Superman issues, we saw the versions of Superman and Lois Lane that had last appeared prior to Flashpoint. This series continues their story after the events in Convergence as they move into the current DCU.
Nrama: Do readers have to have read any Convergence issues to jump on board this one?
Jurgens: They don’t, though there were a couple of very notable developments in Convergence — most notably the birth of their son, Jon.
Nrama: OK, we'll talk about their son Jon in a minute. But what's the overall premise?
Jurgens: The basic premise is this: Superman, Lois and Jon are now in the current DCU. They’ve been here for a while now, and this series is really built around their effort to survive in this strange new universe. It’s certainly not the same as what they lost, and it’s also complicated by the fact that there are other versions of themselves here.
Nrama: Why do you think readers are interested in — and why are you interested as a writer interested in — this version of Superman?
Jurgens: I think this Superman will appeal to readers because he has a rich and deep history.
One of the things readers have wrestled with, in terms of the "New 52," is that, by starting five years into the universe, they often felt as if the characters lacked context. While some of that freed writers to take characters in new directions, it also meant there could be a lack of understanding about who the characters are and how they relate to one another.
These characters have a past that is essential to the characters they are now, just as our pasts are essential to who we are. That’s what forms their character.
Nrama: OK, but they're not the Clark and Lois they used to be, simply because they're not in that same world. So how would you describe the life, and I guess the priorities, of Lois and Clark in your series? How are they the same and how are they different than other iterations of these characters?
Jurgens: Clark and Lois’ most notable priority is keeping Jon safe. That’s one of the reasons they live in rather secretive fashion.
But at the same time, this is Superman. He understands his responsibility to earth and the people around him. Preserving all of that is mission one, and just like any parent’s job, will sometimes conflict with his home life.
This is not the life they enjoyed while working at The Daily Planet. There are substantial differences.
Nrama: OK, so let's talk about this key new character. What's Jon like?
Jurgens: Jon is tremendous fun to write. He’s about nine years old, looks like Clark but has more of Lois’ spitfire spirit. He is not the same as young Clark was.
He’s more adventurous and daring. He has no idea his parents have the past lives that they do, and as he begins to get hints of it, will become quite intrigued.
Nrama: What other supporting characters will we meet?
Jurgens: It’s a largely new cast as Clark and Lois are now living in California, leading entirely different lives. We will be introducing one character that harkens back to their previous universe, with some surprising twists.
Nrama: Interesting. But is there a threat they come up against?
Jurgens: The largest threat is simply keeping their lives secret. They really have no interest in people knowing who they are, and that has all been complicated by the fact that those around them now know that their world’s Superman has been revealed to be Clark Kent.
For this version of Lois and Clark, that is a horrifying development.
Nrama: OK, so this is the pre-Flashpoint Superman living on the current "New 52" Earth. But how much do you refer to things from the past universe, where this Superman and Lois once lived? Is this comic good for people longing for that world?
Jurgens: The only thing that’s important about their past is how they relate to each other. They’re married. They have a son. Their current relationship was formed in the past.
Aspects of the past that influence them now are often determined by the villains Superman faced. He knows who they are and, in many cases, has been working in secret to ferret them out. However, because this is a very different earth, those past experiences don’t often have any relevance.
Nrama: It's odd to think of there being two different Supermans and Clark Kents on one world, but it seems much more common these days to have multiple versions of Superman around. Why do you think people enjoy seeing different versions of Superman in particular?
Jurgens: Much of that harkens back to those famous “Imaginary Stories” that were so much fun.
But I don’t think it’s unique to Superman. We’ve seen differing versions of almost all the most well-liked characters in comic books. It’s sort of a wish fulfillment exercise because, in many cases, these characters don’t get the lives they desire because of the sacrifices they make on our behalf.
Nrama: Let's talk about the art on Superman: Lois and Clark. What's it been like working with Lee Weeks?
Jurgens: Lee Weeks is an absolutely brilliant artist. He’s one of the few guys capable of delineating the quiet beauty and nuance of Lois and Clark’s relationship, making them seem real, while also defining the power and majesty of Superman.
Nrama: Anything else you want to tell fans about Superman: Lois and Clark?
Jurgens: We’re positioning Superman in a far different way than previously seen. It’s going to be an incredible ride and is not to be missed!