Michael Dorn has been a part of Star Trek since 1987, playing the Klingon, Worf, but that’s about to change.
Michael Dorn has spent nearly half his life playing a Klingon warrior in Star Trek. His role as the caustic, unyielding Worf earned him many fans, and Star Trek: Picard’s showrunner, Terry Matalas, brought him back to round out the final third season of the series. But for his next gig, Dorn didn’t sit in a chair while makeup and prosthetics were applied. It was all about the writing…for DC Comics.
Dorn wrote “Steelworks,” a mini-series that is coming out under the Dawn of DC banner and that is all about John Henry Irons, a/k/a Steel. The first issue will debut on June 6th. And in an interview with Newsarma, Dorn admits it’s a new world for him even though he loved comics as a kid. And, fortunately, he hasn’t been cast into the world by himself as “everybody involved in the process is helpful and collaborative.”
DC Comics wanted Michael Dorn involved in the mini-series from the start.
Dorn had voiced John Henry on the Superman animated series years ago so it’s no surprise executives reached out to Dorn’s manager for his involvement. They said they’d love for him to be involved in any way he was comfortable with being involved. It was Dorn’s idea to write the mini-series.
"“I have a fledgling writing career and I thought that this was a great opportunity. So I asked if they would mind if I actually wrote it – and they were very open to that.”"
As for future comic books from Dorn, he’s open to the idea, but that all depends on the audience’s response to this series.
"“I think that’s a question that we won’t know until the very end. If they want to do something else, then great. I wouldn’t be a virgin anymore, I would have this under my belt. So I think that it really depends on the response to this one. I would love to, but if nothing else happens, I’m very happy with the whole process and where I am right now.”"
Steelworks #1 will be published by DC Comics on June 1st with the second issue arriving on July 4th.