Exclusive: Writer brings Soule to Superman/Wonder Woman romance
Many months ago, DC shocked the comics reading world when, in the New 52, Superman and Wonder Woman shared a kiss. And then more!
What was thought temporary has turned into an ongoing monthly, Superman/Wonder Woman, by the terrific team of Charles Soule and Tony S. Daniel.
To investigate this new development among classic characters, Cosmic Book News M.E. Byron Brewer exclusively spoke with Soule and logged this wondrous … no, this Super-Report.
Cosmic Book News: So how did it come about that you are doing this title?
Charles Soule: It’s not more complicated than this – DC asked, and I said yes! I had written a few Superman appearances in Swamp Thing that were well-received, and I was fortunate enough that they considered me to take on the Superman/Wonder Woman project. It’s a great book, and I’m thrilled to be on it.
Charles Soule: I’ll be honest, it was a little intimidating at first, but I embraced it as not just a challenge, but a dream come true. Who doesn’t want to write Superman and Wonder Woman? I love working on the book – there are plenty of great stories to tell with those two.
Charles Soule: You just have to think about their particular weaknesses, and ideally villains who would make for interesting reflections of the heroes. Good villains comment on their opponents (not literally, of course, although sometimes, I suppose). It’s not always easy to do, but I also think that not every villain confrontation has to end up in a slugfest. There are many ways to play it.
Charles Soule: It’s a big deal! I mean, these are two of the strongest characters in the entire
Charles Soule: Certainly not any more. These days, I tend to get more of the “I thought I’d hate this, but now I love it!” sort of thing. Which, frankly, I prefer.
Charles Soule: Zod is a very clever, savvy fellow. He has a lot going on, and some of those things involved working with (or against?) Superman. In particular, he’s very concerned about another Kryptonian – Faora, who may or may not be making an appearance soon as well. Actually, let me just be clear on that – she will. And she is spectacular.
Charles Soule: Of course! It’s a shared universe. I speak to the other writers quite often, just to make sure we’re parceling out character beats amongst ourselves. I love that – the writers of these books are incredibly talented, clever people, and it’s always fun to talk to them about stories and ideas.
Charles Soule: Beyond who’s already there? Man, I’m pretty lucky to get to work with the cast I’ve got, honestly. I’m looking forward to doing some things with some of Wonder Woman’s cast of characters, especially some of her rogues. A few hints at those folks show up in Issue 4 – they’re waiting in the wings, ready to make a more prominent appearance.
Charles Soule: We talk a lot, and we certainly discuss story beats. Collaboration is one of the best things about comic projects, really, and Tony’s been great to collaborate with.
Charles Soule: I think some amazing things are going to be happening with the Super books over the next few months, especially into the spring and summer. That corner of the
Cosmic Book News would like to thank Charles Soule for taking time during his busy schedule to answer our questions. We would also like to thank DC’s own Alex Nagorski who helped make this interview possible.