James Gunn teased DC’s ‘Kingdom Come,’ but what is it?

The message that James Gunn as co-chairman and co-CEO of DC Studios, caused a lot of excitement online. It’s got people flocking to every public statement Gunn makes, hoping to get a clue as to what he’s up to with the DC film franchises – and a recent post leads fans to believe that Gunn is making a legendary DC Comics will bring to the big screen.

What did Gunn imply?

As previously reported on WeGotThisCovered, James Gunn – like many famous Twitter users – recently created a profile on the Twitter alternative Hive. After creating the profile on Hive, Gunn set his banner image to an image from the iconic DC graphic novel rich come. Because of this, fans are debating whether an adaptation of this graphic novel will be Gunn’s first major DC project.

What is Kingdom Come?

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introduced in 1996, rich come was a miniseries that DC published under its Elseworlds imprint – an imprint DC reserved for stories that fell outside of the usual comic book canon, meaning that Elseworlds comics quickly became known for their extremely creative nature.

Written by Mark Waid and Alex Ross, with Ross also handling art, rich come ran for four issues. Set in the near future of the DC Universe, it sees Superman and the Justice League relinquish their roles as heroes. This is because a new superhero, Magog, has become very popular with the public. Unlike the Justice League, Magog enjoys killing people. Most notably, while the Joker is on his way to his murder trial, Magog swoops in and kills the clown prince of crime. Which is very popular with the audience.

Without the Justice League, a new generation of heroes emerges. Except—without the moral guidance of the Justice League—the line between hero and villain blurs massively, and these new heroes begin to engage in destructive battles with one another.

When a dying Wesley Dodds (the first DC hero to use the Sandman name and one of the founders of the Justice Society of America) tells Minister Norman McCay about a series of visions showing him an apocalyptic future, McCay is concerned. This becomes even more worrisome when The Specter shows up and recruits McCay and asks him to pass judgment on an imminent superhero apocalypse. However, as things get worse, three factions form – a new Justice League led by Superman, Outsiders commanded by Batman, and the Mankind Liberation Front led by Lex Luthor. And these factions begin an all-out war with dire consequences.

rich come left a lasting mark on the DC Universe and the comics industry. Additionally, the series has been highly acclaimed for its nuanced look at the nature of superheroes and its gripping storyline, and several concepts from the comic have been incorporated into mainline DC canon. The plot has been revised several times since 1999 The kingdom Miniseries, 2007 your kingdom come and 2010s Justice League: Lost Generation.


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