It was to have been Alan Moore‘s great DC Comics Event, that would crossover with all manner of DC’s books. The Twilight Of The Superheroes. A story about the end times of the DCU, a dark and apocalyptic future for the DC Earth, the superheroes and villains split into different Houses, with John Constantine given the power to change it all with a word…
And DC bought it.
However, between buying the pitch and Moore actually working on the comic, he fell out with the publisher and went on strike.
Fifteen years ago, Moore gave me permission to reprint the proposal, which I was planning to do in a way designed not to infringe DC trademark or copyright. At which point, DC Comics sent their very first Cease & Desist order by e-mail, to me. On the very reasonable basis that they’d actually bought the proposal, and had paid Alan Moore in full. Something Moore then agreed that, yes, that had probably happened. So that was that.
The proposal is often hosted by one site or another, until DC Comics tells them not. Right now it can be read here.
There are a few, fair use extracts that may be worth mentioning.
House of Justice
The House of Justice, built around the remains of the JLA’s old cavern headquarters, is the residence of the remains of the Justice League. These are the most important of the lesser House, along with the Titans. The lineup of the Justice League at the time of our story includes Captain Atom and the Blue Beetle, an Aqualad that has grown up to be the new Aquaman and a Wonder Girl who has taken on the mantle of Wonder Woman after Wonder Woman herself opted to become Superwoman upon marrying Superman.
Yup. Superman and Wonder Woman hooking up.
Constantine is about twenty years older, but obviously hasn’t changed a bit, except for the fact that he’s living with a woman and has been for the past fifteen years. This woman might even turn out to be the Fever character that I introduced in my two part Vigilante story a while back. Anyway, her and Constantine are to all intents and purposes married, and are obviously loving it. Constantine is still into the same sort of scams and wheeler-dealing, and in the whole story of Twilight he seems to be the only character who has his finger upon all the pulses and knows exactly what’s going on in this maze of plot and counterplot between the various factions involved.
A John Constantine up and about and active in the DCU… and married…
And then there’s that bit in Justice League International where the hooking up of Superman and Wonder Woman seems like the thing a certain Booster Gold was here to prevent happening. But now he’s too late.
Wth DC Comics looking to their assets and seeing what can be exploited, and Geoff Johns with a history of talking minor plot points by Alan Moore and turning them into massive crossovers, could Twilight Of The Superheroes be rewritten, reinterpreted, but brought into service for today?
Or possibly tomorrow?