Frank Miller announced at Comic-Con International that he plans to rework the Man of Steel’s origin in a manner similar to what he did 30 years ago with the Dark Knight in Batman: Year One. Over the weekend at Boston Comic Con, his artistic collaborator John Romita Jr. revealed new details about the upcoming graphic novel, hinting at the plot and page length, and likening it to his and Miller’s 1993 Daredevil tale.
“I’ve seen the reactions online about, ‘Oh, my God, here we go, another Superman origin,’ and it’s not really the origin retelling,” Romita said Friday following DC Comics’ Metal panel. “It’s after the origin, it’s after he lands, what happens between the time he lands and the time he realizes what he is. And this slight slant on the development of Superman is that he’s really unconscious that he’s an alien ’til his parents tell him that he’s an alien. In the meantime, he just thinks he’s special. And he doesn’t appear in costume until the very end. It’s similar to the Daredevil: Man Without Fear back in the ’90s, and it’s the period of time up until he puts the costume on for the first time.”
“And Frank has this twisted imagination about what should happen, and we talked about it, and [Frank’s] eyes glow,” he continued. “He said he’s wanted to do this as long as he can remember, since, when did Batman: Year One come out? Was that 30 years ago? He said he always wanted to complete the cycle and do a Superman: Year One. Well, he finally got the chance to do it, and of course it’s a hundred pages and there’s a million people in it.”
Romita later elaborated on the planned page count, saying that when it comes to working with Miller, there’s likely going to be room for interpretation.
“It’s gonna be a hundred pages. I don’t know if it’s gonna be 92, or 100, I don’t know,” he said. “But knowing Frank, it could be 200 pages. I look forward to that more than anything, and I’m hoping it can turn out as good as I can see it in my head.”
Superman: Year One by Frank Miller and John Romita Jr. has yet to receive an official release date from DC Comics.