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Are Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, and Justice League really dead? Yes … and no

Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, Aquaman, John Stewart-Green Lantern and other members of the Justice League have died.

They were killed by the Dark Army of Faria on April 26 in Justice League #75 in a story titled Death of the Justice League.

That’s all, right?

rights..?

let’s face it We take DC literally. DCU heroes from Earth-Prime are featured on the pages of Dark Crisis, Justice League #75, a major monthly event series. believe The fact that legendary superheroes, including Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman’s “Trinity”, were killed in space at the hands of Faria.

Justice League #75

Justice League #75 Variant Cover (Image Credit: DC)

Hell, we have seen it with our own eyes now.

Despite the undeniable visual evidence, we believe we still need some reading between lines. Aside from the obvious (which we’ll get to know), let’s say DC used some interesting idioms that lead to the events of April 26th.

DC first announced in January that Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern (John Stewart), Martian Manhunter, Hawkgirl, Aquaman, Green Arrow, Black Canary and Zatana would begin missions at the edge of the Multiverse. After the death of the Dark Army, there is only one survivor who will warn Earth of impending danger.

We now know who this is, but if you haven’t read or heard of it you can skip ahead to the spoiler story.

However, DC’s language, which initially described the event, particularly caught our attention.

Dark Crisis

Dark Crisis #1 Art (Credit: DC)

“…the heroes left behind must unite to fight this great evil, Please save the lost Justice League…”

“Save to computer”?

“lost”?

It doesn’t sound “dead” to us. And this announcement is replete with similar language suggesting that the Justice League may not be as “dead” as “The Death of the Justice League” implies.

Dark Crisis

Dark Crisis #1 Art (Credit: DC)

But that’s not the point. Because even if they were to die rather than get lost, “Of course, like anything resembling real dying, they really answer the question ‘Are they going to die?’ ~ no.

As I said, these are some of the best known fictional characters in the world. That said, some of the most recognizable figures. precious intellectual property of the world.

case closed.

Our initial hypothesis was that DC would continue to enjoy storytelling and marketing for a while, with the opportunity to “replace” all these heroes, including aspects of all solo titles.

After all, Justice League’s death pays tribute to Superman’s death to mark the 30th anniversary of that landmark event, and DC is aligning the “Thirty Years in Production” Dark Crisis to Superman’s Death more closely than all previous crises. At the event, it was fair to expect a dynamic similar to when Superman was “replaced” by four other heroes in his various titles.

Justice League #75

Justice League #75 Variant Cover (Image Credit: DC)

But that didn’t happen. As we’ve detailed already, the dead Justice Leaguers are alive and well in their respective ongoing titles (except Flash) and a few new limited series in May and June.

DC has since announced that Aquamen will catch up to the events of the Dark Crysis in July, revealing the beginning of the story of Arthur’s family, friends and colleague Aquaman Jackson Hyde mourning his death.

However, in July, a new creative team will take over Batman and Detective Comics to begin a storyline starring Bruce Wayne, which will be revealed concurrently with most of Dark Crisis’s seven issues.

So it looks like their “death” will be limited to a mix of specials and series, as well as some ongoing titles that reflect the event/timeline, and some that don’t. At least not for a while.

Thus, dead or “lost” Clark Kent, Diana from Themyscira, billionaire Bruce Wayne and others can be “rescued” and/or resurrected until the end of the series, and even return to the final page of Dark Crisis. His title was really lacking.

The average comic book reader can be cynical when it comes to the common use of ultimately false “death” in comics for marketing purposes. Not for a reason. But the simple reason why characters die and come back so regularly in Marvel Comics and DC is, frankly, that it works.

This is not rocket science.

Well, sometimes rocket science plays a big role in superhero comics, but the gist is there.

Selling comics is essentially a war of consumption. Only a few readers or collectors remain for a unique story. “Changing” storylines and status quo events are revenue drivers for 2022 and have been around for decades.

Justice League #75

Justice League #75 cover (image credit: DC)

So there’s no doubt that April’s Justice League #75 and Dark Crisis will drive huge sales.

But that’s only half the equation.

From a creative standpoint, this event allows writer Joshua Williamson to tell a story that highlights the defining “legacy” aspect of the DCU and how the DC world will react to losing one of its most iconic superheroes at once.

When the event was announced, Williamson said, “With Justice League #75, we can show why the Justice League is the best hero in comics by showing the consequences of losing the biggest threat in history and its impact on the DCU.”

And if the Justice League only dies on very specific timelines and/or contexts, there’s nothing wrong with that.

So, check back in August when we can talk about the inevitable “return of the Justice League.” And who knows, DC’s slow play of monthly solo titles catching up to Dark Crisis will be part of their plans to live up to readers’ expectations and surprise them. Perhaps Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman will “die” longer than we expect.

But they will come back someday. Rest assured.

But always enjoy the ride. It will be over before you know it.

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Are Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, and Justice League really dead? Yes … and no

Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, Aquaman, John Stewart-Green Lantern, and the other members of the Justice League are dead. 
They were killed by Pariah’s Dark Army in April 26’s Justice League #75 in a story titled ‘Death of the Justice League.’
So that’s that, right?
Right..?
Let’s be upfront, we’ll take DC’s word for it that in the pages of Dark Crisis, the major monthly event series Justice League #75 leads into, the DCU heroes of Earth-Prime will believe that the iconic superheroes including the ‘Trinity’ of Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman died in space at the hands of Pariah.

variant cover to Justice League #75 (Image credit: DC)
Heck, we now have seen it with our own eyes. 
Despite the indisputable visual evidence we believe some reading between the lines is still in order. Let’s just say besides the obvious (which we’ll get to) DC has used some interesting language in the build-up to April 26’s events.
In January, DC initially revealed Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern (John Stewart), Martian Manhunter, Hawkgirl, Aquaman, Green Arrow, Black Canary, and Zatanna would go off on a mission at the edge of the Multiverse and nine would die at the hands of the Dark Army, leaving only one survivor to warn Earth of impending danger. 
We know who that is now but we’ll let you cross over to the spoiler story in case you haven’t read yet or heard.
But DC’s language initially describing the event particularly caught our attention..

Dark Crisis #1 art (Image credit: DC)
“… the heroes left behind must come together to combat this great evil and save the lost Justice League…”
“Save”?
“Lost”?
That doesn’t quite sound like “dead” to us. And the announcement is filled with similar wording that seems to indicate the Justice League might not be as “dead” as the ‘Death of the Justice League’ implies. 

Dark Crisis #1 art (Image credit: DC)
But that’s beside the point, because even if they’re dead rather than lost, the answer to the question “will they really ‘die,’ as in anything resembling the real-life die, the answer is, of course, of course not. 
As we say, these are some of the most iconic fictional characters in the world, or in other words, some of the most valuable intellectual property in the world. 
Case closed. 
Our initial hypothesis was that DC would still have some storytelling and marketing fun for a while with the possibilities that come with having to ‘replace’ all those heroes, including in the pages of all their solo titles.
After all, the ‘Death of the Justice League’ pays homage to the ‘Death of Superman’ on that landmark event’s 30th anniversary, and DC is aligning the “30 years in the making” Dark Crisis closer to ‘Death of Superman’ than it is any previous Crisis event, it was fair to expect a dynamic to play out similar to when Superman was ‘replaced’ by four other heroes in his various titles.

Justice League #75 variant cover (Image credit: DC)
But it hasn’t quite played out that way. As we’ve previously detailed, in May and June the dead Justice Leaguers all appear alive and well in their respective ongoing titles (with the so-far exception of The Flash) and some new limited series.
DC has also since revealed Aquamen will catch up to the events of Dark Crisis in July, revealing the start of a storyline in which Arthur’s family, friends, and fellow Aquaman Jackson Hyde mourn his death. 
But July also features new creative teams taking over Batman and Detective Comics starting story arcs starring Bruce Wayne that’ll publish concurrently with the majority of Dark Crisis’s seven-issue run. 
So it now seems their ‘deaths’ will be limited to a mix of tie-in specials and series, and some ongoing titles reflecting the events/timelines and some that won’t … at least not for a while.
So whether they are dead or “lost,” Clark Kent, Diana of Themyscira, billionaire Bruce Wayne, and the rest might just be “saved” and/or resurrected by the series’ end and perhaps even return in the final pages of Dark Crisis having never really been absent from their own titles. 
Regular comic book readers can be cynical about the frequent use of ultimately faux “death” in comic books for marketing purposes, and not without some warrant. But the simple reason why characters die and return so regularly at both Marvel Comics and DC is that frankly, it works. 
This ain’t rocket science. 
Well, sometimes rocket science plays a big part in superhero comic books, but you take our meaning.
Comic book sales by nature are a war of attrition. Very few readers or collectors are staying for one-off stories anymore. Status-quo ‘changing’ story arcs and events are the sales drivers in 2022 and have been for decades. 

Justice League #75 cover (Image credit: DC)
So there is little to no doubt April’s Justice League #75 and then Dark Crisis will drum up huge sales numbers. 
But that’s only half the equation.
From a creative side, the event will also allow writer Joshua Williamson to tell a story that highlights the defining “legacy” aspect of the DCU and about how the DC world would react to losing its most iconic superheroes in one fell swoop. 
“Justice League #75 allows us to showcase why the Justice League are comics’ greatest heroes as we show the aftermath of the loss against their biggest threat ever and its impact on the DCU,” Williamson said when the event was announced.
And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, even if the Justice League will only be dead in a very particular timeline and/or context.
So check this space in August when we might just be talking about the inevitable ‘Return of the Justice League.’ And who knows, maybe DC’s slowplaying the monthly solo titles catching up to Dark Crisis is part of its plan to play off of readers’ expectations and to catch them by surprise. Maybe Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman will be ‘dead’ for longer than we anticipate. 
But they will be back someday, rest assured. 
But until whenever that is, enjoy the ride. It’ll be over before you know it.
Check out more Newsarama coverage of the ‘Death of the Justice League’
The Justice League, DC’s preeminent superhero team, dies at 62
DC just killed Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, and the Justice League – here’s how they did it
What the hell is a Godstorm? That Justice League #75 moment explained
This DC superhero has an ‘Endgame’ moment in Justice League #75

#Batman #Woman #Superman #Justice #League #dead

Are Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, and Justice League really dead? Yes … and no

Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, Aquaman, John Stewart-Green Lantern, and the other members of the Justice League are dead. 
They were killed by Pariah’s Dark Army in April 26’s Justice League #75 in a story titled ‘Death of the Justice League.’
So that’s that, right?
Right..?
Let’s be upfront, we’ll take DC’s word for it that in the pages of Dark Crisis, the major monthly event series Justice League #75 leads into, the DCU heroes of Earth-Prime will believe that the iconic superheroes including the ‘Trinity’ of Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman died in space at the hands of Pariah.

variant cover to Justice League #75 (Image credit: DC)
Heck, we now have seen it with our own eyes. 
Despite the indisputable visual evidence we believe some reading between the lines is still in order. Let’s just say besides the obvious (which we’ll get to) DC has used some interesting language in the build-up to April 26’s events.
In January, DC initially revealed Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern (John Stewart), Martian Manhunter, Hawkgirl, Aquaman, Green Arrow, Black Canary, and Zatanna would go off on a mission at the edge of the Multiverse and nine would die at the hands of the Dark Army, leaving only one survivor to warn Earth of impending danger. 
We know who that is now but we’ll let you cross over to the spoiler story in case you haven’t read yet or heard.
But DC’s language initially describing the event particularly caught our attention..

Dark Crisis #1 art (Image credit: DC)
“… the heroes left behind must come together to combat this great evil and save the lost Justice League…”
“Save”?
“Lost”?
That doesn’t quite sound like “dead” to us. And the announcement is filled with similar wording that seems to indicate the Justice League might not be as “dead” as the ‘Death of the Justice League’ implies. 

Dark Crisis #1 art (Image credit: DC)
But that’s beside the point, because even if they’re dead rather than lost, the answer to the question “will they really ‘die,’ as in anything resembling the real-life die, the answer is, of course, of course not. 
As we say, these are some of the most iconic fictional characters in the world, or in other words, some of the most valuable intellectual property in the world. 
Case closed. 
Our initial hypothesis was that DC would still have some storytelling and marketing fun for a while with the possibilities that come with having to ‘replace’ all those heroes, including in the pages of all their solo titles.
After all, the ‘Death of the Justice League’ pays homage to the ‘Death of Superman’ on that landmark event’s 30th anniversary, and DC is aligning the “30 years in the making” Dark Crisis closer to ‘Death of Superman’ than it is any previous Crisis event, it was fair to expect a dynamic to play out similar to when Superman was ‘replaced’ by four other heroes in his various titles.

Justice League #75 variant cover (Image credit: DC)
But it hasn’t quite played out that way. As we’ve previously detailed, in May and June the dead Justice Leaguers all appear alive and well in their respective ongoing titles (with the so-far exception of The Flash) and some new limited series.
DC has also since revealed Aquamen will catch up to the events of Dark Crisis in July, revealing the start of a storyline in which Arthur’s family, friends, and fellow Aquaman Jackson Hyde mourn his death. 
But July also features new creative teams taking over Batman and Detective Comics starting story arcs starring Bruce Wayne that’ll publish concurrently with the majority of Dark Crisis’s seven-issue run. 
So it now seems their ‘deaths’ will be limited to a mix of tie-in specials and series, and some ongoing titles reflecting the events/timelines and some that won’t … at least not for a while.
So whether they are dead or “lost,” Clark Kent, Diana of Themyscira, billionaire Bruce Wayne, and the rest might just be “saved” and/or resurrected by the series’ end and perhaps even return in the final pages of Dark Crisis having never really been absent from their own titles. 
Regular comic book readers can be cynical about the frequent use of ultimately faux “death” in comic books for marketing purposes, and not without some warrant. But the simple reason why characters die and return so regularly at both Marvel Comics and DC is that frankly, it works. 
This ain’t rocket science. 
Well, sometimes rocket science plays a big part in superhero comic books, but you take our meaning.
Comic book sales by nature are a war of attrition. Very few readers or collectors are staying for one-off stories anymore. Status-quo ‘changing’ story arcs and events are the sales drivers in 2022 and have been for decades. 

Justice League #75 cover (Image credit: DC)
So there is little to no doubt April’s Justice League #75 and then Dark Crisis will drum up huge sales numbers. 
But that’s only half the equation.
From a creative side, the event will also allow writer Joshua Williamson to tell a story that highlights the defining “legacy” aspect of the DCU and about how the DC world would react to losing its most iconic superheroes in one fell swoop. 
“Justice League #75 allows us to showcase why the Justice League are comics’ greatest heroes as we show the aftermath of the loss against their biggest threat ever and its impact on the DCU,” Williamson said when the event was announced.
And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, even if the Justice League will only be dead in a very particular timeline and/or context.
So check this space in August when we might just be talking about the inevitable ‘Return of the Justice League.’ And who knows, maybe DC’s slowplaying the monthly solo titles catching up to Dark Crisis is part of its plan to play off of readers’ expectations and to catch them by surprise. Maybe Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman will be ‘dead’ for longer than we anticipate. 
But they will be back someday, rest assured. 
But until whenever that is, enjoy the ride. It’ll be over before you know it.
Check out more Newsarama coverage of the ‘Death of the Justice League’
The Justice League, DC’s preeminent superhero team, dies at 62
DC just killed Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, and the Justice League – here’s how they did it
What the hell is a Godstorm? That Justice League #75 moment explained
This DC superhero has an ‘Endgame’ moment in Justice League #75

#Batman #Woman #Superman #Justice #League #dead


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