Birth can be a painful and scary thing, which is why the Internet is losing its collective mind over a supposed “rebirth” heading to DC Comics this summer. As we reported on Friday, a rumor emerged online purporting that DC will be relaunching all its titles with new issue #1s, and was quickly followed by tweets from DC bigwigs Jim Lee and Dan Didio of a single cryptic teaser featuring only the word “rebirth” projected on a Superman-blue curtain. Further evidence has added fuel to the fire, such as Scott Snyder’s forthcoming move from Batman to Detective Comics, and continuity changes in series like Lois & Clark and Titans Hunt.
The original rumor claims that the new line will be “even more dominated with Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Harley Quinn/Suicide Squad-related titles,” in order to cater to audiences of the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad films, as well as the future audiences of the eight other movies they have planned for their burgeoning cinematic universe by 2020, not to mention their already sizable TV slate, which includes Arrow, Flash and Supergirl, among others. “Anything tying in with a film and/or TV show like Flash, Green Arrow will be okay, anything that’s not is less so,” the rumor states.
Response to the idea has been mixed, with some saying that it’s motivated by corporate troubles at Time Warner, while others are looking forward to a creative shakeup. At this point, there’s not a lot to go on to predict what exactly “Rebirth” is, but assuming the rumor of a line-wide relaunch of some sort is true, here are five things DC Comics needs to do if they want to ease their birthing pains.