DC’s Trinity (and Catwoman) to star in YA novels next year
In possibly more proof that the various divisions at DC Comics/Warner Bros. don’t talk to each other, it was recently announced that DC’s Trinity, plus Catwoman, will be starring in their own Young Adult novels next year.
Random House Children’s Books purchased the rights to publish standalone books starring Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, and Catwoman. Wonder Woman is going to be released in August 2017, after her movie, which comes out on June 2, 2017.
That kind of stands in stark contrast to the mature, gritty, “grown up” version of the characters recently seen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. In Zack Snyder’s film, Batman murdered a whole bunch of people (allegedly). The upcoming books will be on the other end of the spectrum.
Random House seems to be taking this endeavor seriously as they’ve hired YA veterans to write the books. Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha trilogy) will be kickstarting the series as the writer behind Wonder Woman. Marie Lu (The Young Elites) is serving up Batman, Matt de la Pena (Mexican Whiteboy and The Living) is doing Superman, and Sarah J. Maas (The Thrones of Glass series) will be working on Catwoman.
If you’re familiar with any of these authors it’s interesting to note that save de la Pena, all of the authors come from a high fantasy background. That said, de la Pena does have a few post-apocalypse/dystopian YA books under his built (The Living, for example).
It’ll be interesting to see if the authors’ genre backgrounds bring DC’s superheroes into more of a fantastical world rather than the grim place they occupy in the current films. If they manage to capture even half the fun of the CW and CBS shows Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl, it will certainly be a great step – and a profitable one.
While adult book sales are down, YA sales are soaring. Young adult books make up more than 34-percent of the entire book industry sales at the moment, and those numbers are rising.
Again, though, who knows if DC can pull it off and find a tone that works. It seems pretty obvious that DC and WB’s film, TV, comics, and book divisions barely know that the others exist.
In a press release, Random House stated the novels will “embrace themes of good vs. evil, coming-of-age romance, and superheroes from unexpected places who have the determination to achieve seemingly impossible dreams.”
Not exactly groundbreaking themes here.
It all sounds fairly standard as far as YA novels go. Though, a Batman coming-of-age romance novel sounds hilarious… or possibly great, who knows anymore. Anything is better than another Zack Snyder movie.
If you’re curious, Random House does already have a Wonder Woman novel geared toward early middle schoolers about Diana Prince’s adventures in high school written by Lisa Yee. It’s part of a series that Yee writes called Super Hero High. She also wrote one about Supergirl.