Many months ago, DC shocked the comics reading world when, in the New 52, Superman and Wonder Woman shared a kiss. And then more!
What was thought temporary has turned into an ongoing monthly, Superman/Wonder Woman, by the terrific team of Charles Soule and Tony S. Daniel.
To investigate this new development among classic characters, Cosmic Book News M.E. Byron Brewer exclusively spoke with Soule and logged this wondrous … no, this Super-Report.
Cosmic Book News: So how did it come about that you are doing this title?
Charles Soule: It’s not more complicated than this – DC asked, and I said yes! I had written a few Superman appearances in Swamp Thing that were well-received, and I was fortunate enough that they considered me to take on the Superman/Wonder Woman project. It’s a great book, and I’m thrilled to be on it.
CBN: Is this a hard book to do, given the mammoth mythos of both characters?
Charles Soule: I’ll be honest, it was a little intimidating at first, but I embraced it as not just a challenge, but a dream come true. Who doesn’t want to write Superman and Wonder Woman? I love working on the book – there are plenty of great stories to tell with those two.
CBN: How do you come up with big-bads for the two strongest entities in the New 52?
Charles Soule: You just have to think about their particular weaknesses, and ideally villains who would make for interesting reflections of the heroes. Good villains comment on their opponents (not literally, of course, although sometimes, I suppose). It’s not always easy to do, but I also think that not every villain confrontation has to end up in a slugfest. There are many ways to play it.
CBN: How important is this romance to the future of the DCU? Any future ramifications you can hint at?
Charles Soule: It’s a big deal! I mean, these are two of the strongest characters in the entire DCU, if not THE strongest, and they’re romantically involved, with all the emotional highs and lows that go along with that. Things will get very intense very soon, especially now that the world knows they’re involved, as of the end of Issue 3. The end of Issue 6, in particular, should be a pretty huge landmark for these two, and the DCU as a whole.
CBN: Ever get any nasty mail from old Lois Lane fans (laughs)?
Charles Soule: Certainly not any more. These days, I tend to get more of the “I thought I’d hate this, but now I love it!” sort of thing. Which, frankly, I prefer.
CBN: General Zod seems to be everywhere these days. How does he figure into Supes/WW?
Charles Soule: Zod is a very clever, savvy fellow. He has a lot going on, and some of those things involved working with (or against?) Superman. In particular, he’s very concerned about another Kryptonian – Faora, who may or may not be making an appearance soon as well. Actually, let me just be clear on that – she will. And she is spectacular.
CBN: Do you coordinate with Geoff Johns, Brian Azzarello or any of the Superman Family writers?
Charles Soule: Of course! It’s a shared universe. I speak to the other writers quite often, just to make sure we’re parceling out character beats amongst ourselves. I love that – the writers of these books are incredibly talented, clever people, and it’s always fun to talk to them about stories and ideas.
CBN: What character, good or evil, would you like to see in this title if possible?
Charles Soule: Beyond who’s already there? Man, I’m pretty lucky to get to work with the cast I’ve got, honestly. I’m looking forward to doing some things with some of Wonder Woman’s cast of characters, especially some of her rogues. A few hints at those folks show up in Issue 4 – they’re waiting in the wings, ready to make a more prominent appearance.
CBN: Tony S. Daniel is so creative. Besides his great art, does he ever contribute story as well?
Charles Soule: We talk a lot, and we certainly discuss story beats. Collaboration is one of the best things about comic projects, really, and Tony’s been great to collaborate with.
CBN: Any present or future projects you would like to discuss?
Charles Soule: I think some amazing things are going to be happening with the Super books over the next few months, especially into the spring and summer. That corner of the DCU is going to get much closer and crazier over the next little while – we have some killer stories lined up. Beyond that, well, I’m incredibly proud of the weird, cool, beautiful work we’re doing on Swamp Thing, and Red Lanterns is probably the most fun book about rage-addict aliens with power rings you’ll ever read. Lots of great stuff to check out!
Cosmic Book News would like to thank Charles Soule for taking time during his busy schedule to answer our questions. We would also like to thank DC’s own Alex Nagorski who helped make this interview possible.