Okay, didn’t see that one coming. Thirty years after his seminal miniseries/graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns—and nearly 15 years after his much less seminal sequel The Dark Knight Strikes Again—Frank Miller is coming back to Gotham. DC Entertainment has announced that Miller will be writing “the epic conclusion of the celebrated…saga.” An eight-issue miniseries beginning in late fall, The Dark Knight III: Master Race will be a joint writing venture between Miller and Brian Azzarello (who has also worked on Joker and other DC books). No artists have been announced, though a teaser image that DC released seems to point to the fact that Superman is going to be involved.
Overall, this is great news—we think. The original Dark Knight was a watershed moment in both Batman’s development and the validation of sequential art as a literary platform, and Miller is responsible for some truly incredible work, from Ronin to Sin City. Given Miller’s recent ideological (d)evolution, though, we do wish they’d gone with a different title. Coming from the guy who wrote Holy Terror, this is just a wee bit problematic.