Comic-book writer Geoff Johns recently spoke to MTV about his vision for the upcoming DC Universe Online MMO for PC and PlayStation 3. Talking about player's role in the game, Johns said:
"Lots of gamers create their own characters. Everyone knows Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, but this game gets you more entrenched in the universe. You meet the Metal Men, or Doom Patrol, and everyone gets a chance to embody something different. I like the idea that your secret identity is really outside the computer. You’re a normal guy, and then when you log on to the game, you become the superhero."
Johns also touched on the game's release and his role in writing its plot:
"It launches I think in early 2010, it could be late 2009. I’ve written the overall story and the path that gets you into the game and the areas of the universe and how to explore them, but not every line of dialogue. That’s a fulltime job, it’s too frigging big, too intense to write every line of an MMO. I’d probably jump off a building."
It's pretty awesome that Johns is very much involved with DC Universe Online. I'm sure his contributions will make the game significantly better. His involvement is an interesting contrast to other comic-book video-games, which often feature C-list writers.
All that said, I'm selfishly going to take this opportunity to bash Johns a bit. He's a great writer, but I've always felt that he's a bit overrated. I've always resented him for following several Mark Waid runs with inferior work that, for reasons I can't figure out, gets much more acclaim. Geoff Johns is good. Mark Waid is better. Everyone please remember that.