Dark Nights: Metal Is DC’s Next Batman Event

“I am going for out-of-control dinosaurs and lasers.”

After years of teases and hints, DC has finally revealed the event comic that will reunite the creative team behind the New 52 Batman series. Today at FanExpo Dallas, DC announced Dark Nights: Metal, an epic new series that promises to push Batman in unexpected new directions.

Though Dark Nights: Metal is a Batman-centric story, it’ll also feature the Justice League and cover the width and breadth of the DC Universe. The series will follow Batman as he explores the secret history of Nth Metal (a rare substance from the planet Thanagar that powers heroes like Hawkman and Hawkgirl) and its impact on the course of human history.

“I’ve been planning Metal for as long as I’ve been writing Batman,” said Snyder in DC’s press release. “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.”


Dark Nights: Metal promo art by Greg Capullo. (DC Comics)

Capullo confirmed that the entire band will getting back together, including inker Jonathan Glapion and colorist FCO Plascencia. “As you’ve probably heard by now, brother Scott and I are renewing our comic wedding vows,” said 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.”

The word “metal” seems to describe the tone of the book as much as the plot, with the series striving to offer a more bombastic, over-the-top Batman adventure. “I want Metal to be built upon the stories happening now in Rebirth and create new material that feels really modern and different,” said 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 Days: The Forge #1 cover by Jim Lee. (DC Comics)

Dark Days: The Forge #1 cover by Jim Lee. (DC Comics)

DC didn’t reveal much in the way of story details about Metal, though we do know the series will be connected to Dark Days: The Forge and Dark Days: The Casting, two new Batman-themed specials DC recently announced for this summer. Look for Dark Nights: Metal to make its debut in August 2017.

As of publish time, DC is currently live-streaming the announcement via Facebook Live. We’ll update this article if any further details are revealed.

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