Scott Snyder Announces Batman Swan Song "Last Knight" At NYCC
Over the past few years, writer Scott Snyder has joined the ranks of people like Frank Miller, Denny O'Neil, Neal Adams and others among the greatest Batman creators of all time. His five year, fifty issue run on Batman with Greg Capullo for the New 52 was the absolute highlight of that entire publishing initiative, and now he and Capullo have reunited for the Batman-centric Dark Nights: Metal event series. He recently wrapped his run on All-Star Batman as well, which featured his collaboration with several different artists on new tales of the Dark Knight. But he still has one more epic Batman story to give us fans, which he just announced at the Batman panel at NYCC.
Scott Snyder and artist Sean Murphy will reunite for DC Comics’ Batman: Last Knight. "I want it to be my last Batman story for a long time,” Snyder told the crowd gathered at New York Comic Con. Of course, Sean Murphy just released his own epic Batman "Elseworlds" style story, White Knight, about a world where the Joker gets his sanity back and becomes a hero himself. Snyder and Murphy have worked together before not only on Batman, but also his series American Vampire.
So what will Snyder's swan song to the character entail? Well, it'll definitely be an epic ending, that's for sure. Here's how Snyder described the basic premise of Last Knight, saying "Batman suddenly wakes up and he’s … young. But he wakes up in this post-apocalyptic wasteland, crawling out of the sand in this Gotham City that’s been ruined. He’s got the Joker’s head chained to his belt, but it’s alive and like ‘You gotta move, kid!’ It’s got old Wonder Woman, Baby Superman — it’s like my Lone Wolf and Cub Batman story.”
Apparently, Snyder and former Batman writer Grant Morrison had a pow-wow about how to properly end a long run on the character. Morrison himself spent several years working on Batman, where he introduced the world to Batman's son Damian Wayne, the fourth Robin, and even had Batman ""die" by in the epic Batman: RIP. So what was Morrison's advice? “He said you’ve got to give them a birth and a death. So this isn’t really a death, but this is a closing a chapter in my version of Batman.” Considering Frank Miller is considered one of the greatest Batman writers ever just for writing Batman's start in Year One and his "end" in the Dark Knight Returns (and not much else with the character) I'd say Morrison gave him sound advice.
Speaking of Morrison, it appears that Snyder and Morrison are collaborating on something related to the currently running Dark Nights: Metal. Considering that storyline has to do with the Dark Multiverse, a concept extrapolated from Morrison's own take on the DC Multiverse, it makes sense that these two would be working on something together. Whatever that ends up being, the idea of a Snyder/Morrison collaboration should be enough to get DC fans chomping at the bit. There isn't a release date quite yet for Batman: Last Knight, but we would expect it sometime in 2018.
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