For me, that whole element of American history and Americana has just been something I’ve been fascinated with since I was a kid. It’s the weirdest thing. I don’t really know where it comes from. My grandparents watched me a ton when I was a kid, and my grandmother used to bring me to these antique fairs that she liked to go to, and we’d make up stories about where the things had been. It was this game we played, and I still have a lot of the stuff from that, and I think maybe that’s what sparked it.But at the end of the day, what we’re doing with Superman is very much connected to the kinds of stuff I like doing in prose, but also in American Vampire. The story is about Superman’s relevance being challenged, and things that have happened throughout history calling Superman’s relevance into question today. There’ll be a very big sense of what it means to be a hero today, versus what it meant before. The story touches on that hidden history that I love exploring.
He also adds:
Metropolis is going to be playing a big role, but I think what we’ll be doing with Superman focuses more on his relationship to the nation and the world. The scope of the stage that he operates on is so cosmic and huge, that even though Metropolis plays a huge part for him as Clark emotionally, the stakes are going to be really, really high. We want it to be something really epic that will shake him to his core when he fights this new villain that we created, that challenges him emotionally and psychologically, but also has a power set that is at least as strong as his. It’s something that we want to be earth-shatteringly big. Metropolis is at the heart of the story in a lot of ways, but Superman’s world is less circumscribed by the city he operates out of.
Consider me intrigued…