Frank Miller Returns to Batman with THE DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE Posted by: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
April 24, 2015
Well, we've heard whispers of this before, now it's been confirmed: Frank Miller is returning to DC and Batman to complete a trilogy of stories that started with THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS in 1986. Here's the press release sent to BOF by DC...
BURBANK, CA (Friday, April 24, 2015) – DC Entertainment announced today that bestselling, iconic Batman writer and artist Frank Miller will write the epic conclusion of the celebrated THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS saga.
The THE DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE is the sequel to Miller’s 1986 classic THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS – heralded by TIME Magazine as one of the 10 greatest graphic novels of all time – and its 2001-2002 follow-up series BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN.
Miller will be joined by acclaimed writer Brian Azzarello (100 BULLETS, JOKER, WONDER WOMAN) on the eight-issue comic book periodical, to be published twice a month under the DC Comics imprint. Marking the 30th anniversary of THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS original series, this periodical is slated for publication beginning in late Fall 2015.
“Batman remains my favorite comic book hero and a sequel to DARK KNIGHT is going to be daunting," said Miller, "but we’ll do our best.”
“We are thrilled to have Frank back home at DC writing Batman,” according to Dan DiDio and Jim Lee, Co-Publishers for DC Entertainment. “The story he and Brian have crafted is an astounding and triumphant conclusion to this seminal body of work which influenced and shaped generations of readers and creators alike.”
According to Azzarello, “It's been an amazing experience collaborating with Frank these past six months. I think we have an epic story that these characters truly deserve.”
Artists for the project have yet to be announced.
As a HUGE fan of THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS - as well as Miller's BATMAN: YEAR ONE (notice I didn't include THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN) - I know I'm tremendously excited for this project. Now will I like it? That question remains to be answered next year upon reading.
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