… the DCU is a generational story, and while time does progress, if you try to tell stories set in the past, it pushes the three major heroes up in the timeline, putting more time in between the first superheroes of the DCU and the modern day trinity of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. Telling stories that do that, Didio said, is something he’s very cautious about.
As it happens, this week I’d also been talking about superhero generations over at The Great Curve
, so I’m eager to see how the older folks are handled. DiDio’s comments seem to confirm that DC won’t let Supes, Batman, or Wonder Woman age — although two out of the three are functionally immortal and the third could renew himself with Lazarus Pits as in Byrne’s Generations
. Therefore, DC may be feeling the crunch of too many characters spread over too wide a range of time, and I wonder how those characters will be “de-emphasized.”