For his next DC project, he's going to get inside the heads of heroes such as John Stewart, Renee Montoya and Katana to see what it feels like to be a superhero when you aren't just another white guy.
John Ridley, the Oscar Award-winning screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave, will pen the hidden, personal stories of the DC Universe's superheroes who aren't white, male or straight, DC Comics announced today. The book boasts following characters of many different backgrounds, from John Stewart to Rene Montoya to Supergirl.
Ridley's previous comic book work includes 2004's Authority: Human on the Inside, which follows a group of superheroes dedicated to saving the world from itself.
Ridley previously wrote a comic called The American Way for DC, which dealt with a black superhero joining a government-sponsored super-group in the 1960s.
"At its core, the series focuses on the lives of those behind the costumes, and their endeavors to overcome real-world issues", DC said.
Ridley will appear at this weekend's DC In D.C. convention for a panel titled "The Many Shades of Heroism: DC Heroes Through the African-American Lens", in which he'll reveal more details of The Other History of the DC Universe.
"I could not be more excited by the opportunity to excavate the canon of the DC Universe through a vast array of characters who've earned their seat at the table", explains Ridley in a press release. Its sequel, the six-issue The American Way: Those Above and Those Below, debuted this past summer under DC's Vertigo imprint.
The landmark event is set to begin on Saturday, January 13 at 11am ET, and will be live-streamed on the DC YouTube channel.
The scope of The Other History of the DC Universe fits the overall theme of the DC in D.C. event, which looks to unite entertainment and public service in Washington D.C., the federal capital of the United States. "The Other History of the DC Universe isn't about saving the world, it's about having the strength to simply be who you are".