Johns: I did some Superman stories obviously with "Action Comics" with Gary Frank which I really enjoyed quite a bit, but I never have gotten a chance to write [long term] on "Superman." It's all about - in a previous interview, John brought up the word - "unknown." It's become a thematic for all of this. This is unknown. We're going into unknown territory, and that really, for me, is kind of thematic of what we're exploring with Superman now.
John hit it on the head when he said, "This is all new to us." We're working together for the first time, John's at DC monthly - which is a massive deal - so the story really reflects a lot of going into the unknown, and learning things about Superman that previously were undiscovered. There's a lot of mystery to our story, there's a lot of revelations to our story about our main character. Everything points back to Superman - it's all about Superman. And that's the key in any Superman story. Too often it takes Superman for granted and [doesn't] make it about him emotionally, and where he is and what he's after, and how he fits into the world. The fact that our story clearly is all about that, and is Superman's story, and is tackling him on every conceivable level known and unknown - it's fresh and new, and it's unknown territory. We're really not reintroducing classic villains, so to speak. We have a lot of classic elements in ours, and we have a lot of things that we're going to polish up, but at the same time, we're marching forward and new.
Romita: There's a new aspect to the character that hasn't been seen before, which is damn exciting.
Johns: When we get there, it's going to be pretty crazy. We actually know that entire scene very specifically.