DC dropped this into the email box earlier today … I’m guessing it has something to do with World War III:
Update: I asked our resident DC historian Tom Bondurant if he had any thoughts or comments on the image:
If it’s World War 3, then certainly the multiverse looks to be bleeding into the main DC universe — but if it’s WW3, then why are Superman and Wonder Woman there?
Just a few quick comments, if I’m not too far behind the news cycle:
– The half-destroyed Statue of Liberty brings to mind a few DC-related images: the cover of Kamandi #1, Earth-4 during Crisis on Infinite Earths’ Villain War, and the beginning of Sam Hamm’s Watchmen script (where our heroes accidentally destroy it as part of a botched rescue mission).
– Newsarama Forum posters pointed out that Superboy is not among the four Crisis-related corpses, but I bet that’s just DC being cautious in light of the litigation over his rights.
– Many characters are, or have, “alternate” versions. Mr. Miracle is Scott Free, but he could just as well have been Shilo Norman. Kyle wears a new Ion costume, and some folks think his energy-aura is yellow. Donna wears her second Wonder Girl outfit. Red Robin is from an alternate timeline, and I suspect that “Batman” is the Elseworlds’ Leatherwing, and “Flash” is Barry Allen. Also, this is Mary Marvel’s second costume — her original, of course, was red.
– If it’s Dick Grayson in the Red Robin suit, then just about everyone that the Monitors are supposed to visit — Dick, Donna, Kyle, and Kara Zor-El — is represented. I’d say Supergirl’s death (again) is why Superman is crying (again), but I reeeeally doubt DC would kill her off so soon after Eddie Berganza’s impassioned plea.
– Many of the characters represent a few different dimensions/timelines/parallel Earths: Barda and Scott from the Fourth World, Kyle from Earth-8, Donna, Green Arrow, and Flash from Earth-1, Red Robin and Leatherwing from Elseworlds, Black Canary and Jade from Earth-2, the Question and Blue Beetle from Earth-4, and Mary Marvel from Earth-S.
– Some posters believe some or all of the figures were PhotoShopped into the image. I don’t know one way or the other, but the shadows on Mary Marvel don’t seem to match the shadows on Leatherwing or Flash.
–The quote about the great destruction is from the Book of Jeremiah. That’s also from the Newsarama forums.
– Yeah, why *does* Superman always end up with the emo?
Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for now. I think it’s some post-52, post-WW3 thing.