Geoff Johns, the comic writer working on the script for Sony's superhero MMO DC Universe Online, has told us we can expect the game in early 2010, if not before.

"It launches I think in early 2010, it could be late 2009". said Johns.

DC Universe Online is being developed in Sony Online Entertainment's Austin studio, the same studio that developed Star Wars Galaxies. It seems the game will please true DC comic fans, as it will delve deeper than just the well-known characters.

Johns added: "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".

However Johns wanted us to know that he is not writing the whole game himself, as apparently such a feat would drive him to suicide.

"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 full-time job, it's too frigging big, too intense to write every line of an MMO. I'd probably jump off a building", he said.

The game is being developed for PS3 and PC, we'll let you know when we hear of any firm release dates.