During DC’s ‘Metropolis All-Stars’ panel at New York Comic Con 2023, the writers and artists of the current Superman and stories based in Metropolis came together to give fans a taste of what’s to come.
Firstly, Action Comics writer, Phillip Kennedy Johnson took to the stage to bring details on how he will be finishing his current story arc in the series and the characters that are involved. He teased that there would be “violent attacks on Metropolis, similar to what we see in the real world” and went onto explain how he believes Superman tackling real world problems is a fundamental character trait of his. He then went onto promise that we were going to see more of Kryptonian history and world building, which I am very excited for. I interviewed him at the show and he went into detail on exactly what we can expect from the series.
Following that, writer of Superman Joshua Williamson stated that he was very influenced by the Golden Age of Superman and we can expect to see some of that shine through in his upcoming story arc. he went onto explain that the story is heavily influenced by Lex Luthor and when it comes to the character, we should know that he has many skeletons in his closet. One of those being the meta-human he created and then locked up, this was revealed to be “The Chained” in the latest issue.
This character has the power of tactile telekinesis and the story arc will fill in the gaps and act as an exploration of how Conner Kent came to get his powers and how Lex was involved. Williamson also teased a scene where Superman’s new villain throws two entire buildings at Superman. When it comes to stopping him, Superman does something that well and truly hurts him.
Williamson also confirmed that a lot of the plot points they are going to be touching on now were originally teased in Superman #1. That includes the announcement that Superman will be going back to old time Metropolis in a western adventure which heavily features Marylin Moonlight, a brand new character created by Williamson. Here’s a look at the cover by Jamal Campbell for Superman #10 which is set to begin that arc:
It’s safe to say that after the Metropolis All-Stars panel there is a lot to come for Superman and his city of Metropolis and I cannot wait to see how they pan out!