Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, along with DC Publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio, just announced that their highly anticipated event, Dark Knights: Metal, will rock comics this summer. The news was revealed at Fan Expo Dallas and streamed worldwide via Facebook Live.
"I've been planning Metal for as long as I've been writing Batman," said Snyder. "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."
The New York Times bestselling Batman writer and artist team of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo were the stand-out creative team of DC's The New 52 era, and quickly established themselves as one of the most acclaimed teams in the character's history. Together on Batman for 50 issues, Snyder and Capullo's award-winning stories The Court of Owls, Death of the Family, Zero Year and Endgame redefined the character for a new generation of fans, and accomplished the seemingly-impossible task of following up on Grant Morrison's thoughtful and mythology-driven take on the character. With Dark Nights: Metal, DC says the team "will build on this strong foundation and broaden the scope of their storytelling to encompass the full expanse of the DC Universe."
"As you've probably heard by now, brother Scott and I are renewing our comic wedding vows," Capullo said. "I'm looking forward to rockin' and rollin' 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."
"I couldn't be more excited to see Scott and Greg take on the DC Universe," says DC Entertainment Publisher Dan DiDio. "Dark Nights: Metal leans into the strength of the relationship Scott and Greg forged on Batman to launch something new and unexpected. We're pushing the world's finest heroes in new, unexplored directions to tell a giant story, using all the characters in our pantheon."
DC's new summer blockbuster publishing plans complement DC Universe Rebirth, which is filled with stories about superheroes that push characters beyond their potential to a place where their courage is tested and they persevere in the face of evil. Dark Nights: Metal will examine every choice a hero doesn't take and every path they don't walk, and open up worlds that are forged by nightmares.
"I want Metal to be built upon the stories happening now in Rebirth and create new material that feels really modern and different," continued 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."
Look for the first issue on shelves in August 2017. You can see the full cover in the attached image gallery.