Before "Superman Returns" opens this summer, DC Comics will release a series of comic book prequels to ease fans back into the franchise.
"Superman Returns" director Bryan Singer and screenwriters Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty are conceiving a storyline for four 40-pages comics to hit shelves throughout June in anticipation of the Warner Bros. blockbuster's June 30 premiere.
The comic prequels may be necessary because "Superman Returns" is taking an interesting chronological approach. The film, starring newcomer Brandon Routh, is neither a clear-cut sequel in the "Superman" franchise nor a complete "Batman Begins"-style reboot. A release announcing the prequel comics suggests that the DC books will serve as the middle ground between Richard Donner's first "Superman" film and Singer's new offering.
As the film begins with Superman's return after a multi-year absence (hence, you know, the title), the comics will explore how the folks back on Earth have dealt with a worth without the Man of Steel.
The first of the comics, "Superman Returns: Krypton to Earth," was scripted by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray and revisits Superman's origins and shows how the world has changed while he was away. One week after the first book's June 7 release, "Superman Returns: Ma Kent" will focus on -- Guess Who? -- Clark Kent's adoptive mother. Subsequent issues, spaced a week apart, will look at Lex Luthor and Lois Lane.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times