Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley ("12 Years a Slave") will examine the DC mythology through the lens of women, people of color and LGBTQ characters via a new miniseries, "The Other History of the DC Universe," DC announced Friday.
The story will analyze iconic DC moments and chart sociopolitical gains through the perspectives of DC heroes who come from traditionally disenfranchised groups, the publisher said in a statement.
"At its core, the series focuses on the lives of those behind the costumes, and their endeavors to overcome real-world issues," DC said.
Focal characters include black Green Lantern John Stewart, gay mystic Extraño, black superhero Vixen, Supergirl, Asian sword-slinger Katana and gay Gotham police Detective Rene Montoya.
DC's statement did not include who would be drawing the book.
The new miniseries is slated to launch this winter, following Ridley’s current run on the Vertigo series "The American Way: Those Above and Those Below" with artist Georges Jeanty.
“I could not be more excited by the opportunity to excavate the canon of the DC Universe through a vast array of characters who’ve earned their seat at the table,” Ridley said in comments provided by DC. “I’m very impressed with DC's commitment to making their history as reverent and urgent as it is engaging and entertaining for all its many fans.”
Ridley will discuss the project this weekend on DC in D.C.’s “The Many Shades of Heroism: DC Heroes Through the African-American Lens” panel. A live stream of the panel will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday on DC's YouTube channel.