Post by briandomingos on May 15, 2017 6:26:31 GMT -6
Interview with Johns at Blastr. Contains plot spoilers for FLASH #22 at the bottom.
"I believe in the power of these icons. I believe in the power of hope, and optimism. I don’t think it’s fake. People tend to say if it’s grim, and gritty, it’s real, and grounded. I refuse that … And I don’t care if it stirs up drama. But I want it to be drama in the right way. I think Gary and I have earned the right to do a story we believe in. With Rebirth, I think we proved we care, and take this seriously. We love Watchmen. We love the DC Universe."
The writing of the article is not particularly good - nor are the points - but it's an interesting question.
I personally wasn't bothered by BEFORE WATCHMEN as a concept or the execution. It's not like it was Dan Didio and Tom Derenick doing "Dr Manhattan Vs Rorschach" (IE: the scrub show). They had top creators (Cooke, Azzarello, Bermejo, Jae Lee, Rude, Jones, etc.) and treated the books with respect. I have complicated feelings about the "DC, Moore and Gibbons" relationship.
I think a big appeal is the appearance that there is some sort of "reset button" to the pre-New52 era. We've already seen mentions of "stolen time" all over REBIRTH and "The Button" referenced how the FLASHPOINT-Earth was the same as the REBIRTH-Earth. If this ends up bringing things back toward the post-Crisis status quo, I think people will be a lot more accepting of it.