In a move that will set off another wave of “I’ll never buy another DC comic book again” meltdown among fandom’s alt.right comicsgate faction, DC is planning to retcon their entire continuity and officially establish Wonder Woman as the first superhero in the DC Universe. Yes, before Superman.
During this week’s New York Comic-Con 2019, DC’s Dan Dido revealed the new timeline will begin in the comic book line’s Golden Age and make Wonder Woman the catalyst for the modern age of heroes.
“We’re reintroducing aspects of our history back into it with the return of the Justice Society of America, all the way to the Legion of Super-Heroes,” DiDio said.
During his presentation, DiDio outlined the basics of the new continuity that will feature four generations of DC characters, starting with World War I and extending to the present day and beyond.
The first generation covers Wonder Woman’s debut, the second starts with the arrival and ascendance of Superman, and generation three takes up the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths.
Of course, Wonder Woman, director Patty Jenkins’ 2017 blockbuster film, hinted at this with the Amazon warrior’s first adventure occurring during World War I, two generations before the events of the Zack Snyder films that introduced Superman and Batman. During the Snyderverse, Wonder Woman then disappears until the early 80s where she again fights an enemy in a time when Clark and Bruce are in grade school.
With this move, DC is seemingly canonizing the DCEU’s timeline, but fleshing it out a bit by making Diana the inspiration for, if not the outright founder, of the Justice Society of America.