The New 52 BATMAN team promised they would reunite. Now it’s official in a major DC Comics event.
Writer Scott Snyder, artist Greg Capullo, with DC Publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio announced DARK NIGHTS: METAL at Fan Expo Dallas via Facebook Live.
After 50 issues together on Batman, time apart on other projects with other collaborators, this summer event reunites Snyder and Capullo with a new Dark Knight story.
Here’s more of the announcement:
“I’ve been planning METAL for as long as I’ve been writing BATMAN,” says Snyder. “But this is bigger than BATMAN. Greg and I started dropping clues during Court of Owls, we continued through our Joker stories and we placed our biggest hints in the run that culminated with BATMAN #50. And now we’re back to tell a story that breaks everything apart. This will be the definitive project of our careers. METAL takes us in an entirely new direction. Greg and I will dig beneath the surface of all the stories we’ve told to find a place of terror and twisted nightmares.”
With DARK NIGHTS: METAL, Scott and Greg will build on this strong foundation and broaden the scope of their storytelling to encompass the full expanse of the DC Universe.
“As you’ve probably heard by now, brother Scott and I are renewing our comic wedding vows,” says Capullo. “I’m looking forward to rock’n’ and roll’n’ together again. Fans have been loud and clear; they want more from us. You know what they say; give the people what they want. Jonathan Glapion and FCO, the original Bat team, will be riding the lightning with Scott and I once again. We’re primed and ready to blow it up.”
“I couldn’t be more excited to see Scott and Greg take on the DC Universe,” says DC Entertainment Publisher Dan DiDio. “DARK NIGHTS: METAL leans into the strength of the relationship Scott and Greg forged on BATMAN to launch something new and unexpected. We’re pushing the world’s finest heroes in new, unexplored directions to tell a giant story, using all the characters in our pantheon.”
DC’s new summer publishing plans complement DC Universe Rebirth, which is filled with stories about superheroes that push characters beyond their potential to a place where their courage is tested and they persevere in the face of evil. DARK NIGHTS: METAL will examine every choice a hero doesn’t take and every path they don’t walk, and open up worlds that are forged by nightmares.
“I want METAL to be built upon the stories happening now in Rebirth and create new material that feels really modern and different,” continued Snyder. “And above all, it’s going to be fun. Even with terror and nightmares, it won’t be grim. DARK NIGHTS: METAL will be celebratory, huge and crazy. I’ve said it before: I am going for out-of-control dinosaurs and lasers.”
DARK NIGHTS: METAL is DC at its most heroic, clashing with titans of terror from realms yet to be explored. The first issue arrives August 2017.
The WonderCon announcement follows Dark Days: The Forge, The Casting by Snyder and James Tynion IV as a prelude.