5G

UNDER CONSTRUCTION! DC is in a major state of flux right now. Beyond having had one solid reboot (Doomsday Clock #12) that DC decided to basically scrap followed rather quickly by a second reboot (Justice League Vol. 4 #39, which uses a literal reboot door as a plot device) that, albeit vaguely, seems to have done exactly what the former was trying to do in the first place, there are a bunch of stories that are already fleshing out a brand new timeline.[1]

Not long ago, DC announced that a new “5G” (aka “Generation Five”) timeline was coming—a reboot that would see “everything in-continuity” and include a decades-long timeline with various generations of superheroes and super-villains. This is still happening, but—now that Dan DiDio is gone—the new chronology (and even its official name) could change dramatically in the next few months. (With DiDio out of the picture, Jim Lee even went so far as to claim that the “intention [of 5G] is not to do a line-wide reboot.” LOL, too late!) What does this mean for The Real Batman Chronology Project? That remains to be seen… But stay tuned!

  1. [1]COLLIN COLSHER: Here are just a handful of examples of our new timeline, all getting published right around or shortly thereafter the release of “Justice/Doom War” (Justice League Vol. 4 #39).

    Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 8 #2: United Planets President RJ Brande references Clark having been Superboy when he was a teen.
    Superman: Heroes #1 references Ma and Pa Kent as being alive.
    Superman: Villains #1 shows Ma and Pa Kent alive.
    Metal Men Vol. 4 #4 shows a Golden Age Robotman and references the fact that the JSA was active in the 1940s.
    DC’s Crimes of Passion #1 Part 2 is a Wildcat story set in the 1940s.
    Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen Vol. 2 #8 tells us that the original Atom was active as a hero in the 1940s, presumably with the JSA.
    Teen Titans Vol. 6 #39-40 features Jakeem Thunder and his Johnny Thunder lighting bolt, speaking to a full JSA history that spans from the 1940s to present day.
    Flash Forward #6, at its conclusion, reflects a timeline where Jai and Iris West exist.
    Wonder Woman #750 Part 9 is Scott Snyder’s new post-Rebirth origin story for Wonder Woman, detailing her 1940s debut and connection to the JSA.
    Flash #750 contains a 1940s Jay Garrick story and also has Dr. Manhattan-powered Wally West examining the broken (in flux/new) DC timeline.
    Flash #751 references Flash’s canonical death in the original Crisis (and his subsequent return).
    Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #4. Lex Luthor says outright that his “accomplishment” of having killed some members of the Crime Syndicate has “been erased by some cosmic realignment I was too small to perceive.”
    Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular has a bunch of stories and—while not all of them necessarily read as new-canon, there are a few that do. This seems to paint this entire issue in a new-canonical light. The items that don’t jibe with the Rebirth Era are: a tale showing Robin quitting the Dynamic Duo at age 18; a Cataclysm tale, and a Stephanie Brown as Robin tale.