AUSTIN, Texas—Just about half a year ago, a simple job change rocked the comics world. Brian Michael Bendis, the longtime Marvel writer who created Jessica Jonesand wrote for all the company’s big heroes from Spider-Manto The Avengers,decided to switch sides. In a November 7 tweet, Bendis announced to the world that he’d be joining DC Comics. And this weekend at the South by Southwest conference, he sat on a panel with DC bigwigs from artist Jim Lee to writer Frank Miller to discuss the recently turned 80-years-old icon he’ll work on: Superman.
“I’m a little Jewish boy from Cleveland, and in Cleveland, you grow up and are told, ‘Rock n’ Roll and Superman were born here'—that’s all we have plus some decent pizza,” Bendis told the crowd. “Everyone thought maybe I came [to DC] to do Batman, but all I wanted was Superman.”