If you're going to close out a chapter, you might as well do it in style. Scott Snyder has taken that to heart for his final Batman story, a story that sounds absolutely bonkers.
The project is being called Batman: Last Knight, and is a collaboration with American Vampire artist Sean Murphy. The two have some off the wall things planned for the book, which fits well with the advice Snyder was given by Grant Morrison about giving superheroes "a birth and a death". As Snyder revealed at New York Comic Con, that death is going to be surreal, to say the least.
"Batman suddenly wakes up and he’s... young," Snyder said. "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."
So many questions from just those few sentences come to mind. Why is Batman young, and what happened to Gotham? Why is Superman a baby, and why is Wonder Woman old? Oh, and why can Joker's head still talk after being dismembered from his body?
While Snyder is heeding Morrison's advice in a figurative sense, he is doing so in a literal one. “This isn’t really a death,” Snyder said. “But this is a closing a chapter in my version of Batman.”
Snyder has been one of the more popular Batman writers in recent memory and is currently guiding the DC Universe through an invasion of Nightmare Batmen in DC Metal. Batman: Last Knight doesn't have a release date yet, but whenever it does come out, Snyder wants it to be his Batman swan song.
“I want it to be my last Batman story for a long time," Snyder said.
Can't say fans want to see you leave the character, but if you're going to close this chapter in your run, this seems like a truly weird and fantastic way to do it.