DC Universe Online has gotten plenty of attention from comic-book fans for having renowned artist Jim Lee on board for the PS3 and PC MMO. Today, that hype factor went up a notch, as Sony Online Entertainment announced that Geoff Johns, the writer behind popular DC Comics such as Green Lantern, Action Comics and Justice Society of America, has been brought on to write the DC Universe Online story.
DC Universe Online marks the first time Johns and Lee will collaborate on a comic-inspired project. DC Universe Online is currently in development by SOE in collaboration with DC Comics and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
“Taking comic books into the online space presents an exciting and unique opportunity for me as a writer,” said Johns. “I’m looking forward to creating a thrilling story that explains why the DC Universe has suddenly been populated with millions of new heroes and villains in a way that will engage players.”
DC Universe Online offers an online setting in which players can enter the DC Universe and battle alongside — or against — their favorite DC Comics heroes and villains. The roster includes such icons as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and The Joker, as well as fan favorites Green Lantern, The Flash, Catwoman and Martian Manhunter. The story will play out in well-known such as Gotham City and Metropolis, among others.
“We’ve brainstormed about the DC Universe many times but this will be our first time working together on something of this magnitude,” said Lee. “This really shows the level of commitment everyone on this project has to capturing the DC Universe in an authentic, compelling way.”