Comic-Con 2017 | Geoff Johns Counts Down to ‘Doomsday Clock’

The long-awaited crossover between the DC Universe and Alan Moore's 'Watchmen' is coming in 'Doomsday Clock,' but it almost didn't happen.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Doomsday is coming to the DC Universe, and we don’t mean the guy who killed Superman. It’s a different kind of doom that awaits the iconic heroes and heroines. The characters from Alan Moore and David Gibbons’ Watchmen are no longer separate from DC’s superhero line, and one character in particular may be responsible for DC’s New 52 Universe.

At Comic-Con, writer Geoff Johns teased his upcoming event series, Doomsday Clock, which will reunite him with artist Gary Frank for a 12-issue story that will deal with Superman’s encounter with Doctor Manhattan, the God-like being created in Watchmen. Johns explained that the series will be set one year in the future of the DC Universe, and that the rest of the titles in the line will catch up to it by the conclusion of the tale.

Apparently Doctor Manhattan won’t be the only Watchmen character appearing in the book. Johns teased a meeting between Lex Luthor and Adrian Veidt a.k.a. Ozymandias. That begs the question about whether other characters from the series will show up.

Also: Superman Watches The Watchmen in DC’s ‘Doomsday Clock’

In a subsequent report via The Hollywood Reporter, Johns indicated that Doomsday Clock was almost abandoned because he wasn’t satisfied with the story.

“That day on the set of Wonder Woman, we talked a lot about it, and at the end of the day, we thought, ‘You know what? We’re not going to do it,'”said  Johns. “And then the election happened. And then other things in the world happened, and it changed. Suddenly, the whole story just jumped into my head, and I called Gary and said, ‘I just have to pitch this to you, because I have this story, and the story is bigger than I thought it was, it’s different than I thought it was, it’s more risky than I thought it was.'”

Doomsday Clock # 1 will be released in November.

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