Provocative comic artist Frank Miller is returning to ‘The Dark Knight.”
Miller is at work on a second sequel to his 1986 classic,”‘The Dark Knight Returns.” DC Comics said in a release that this will be the conclusion of the saga.
Titled “The Dark Knight III: The Master Race,” the work is being co-written with Brian Azzarello. Artists have yet to be announced, but the comic will arrive this year. “The Master Race” will run for eight issues and be published twice per month.
“Batman remains my favorite comic book hero and a sequel to ‘Dark Knight’ is going to be daunting,” said Miller in a statement, “but we’ll do our best.”
Miller tweeted Friday a picture of promotional art for the series, adding, “I hope that by now my silence is deafening.” It was Miller’s first tweet since October 2011.
“We are thrilled to have Frank back home at DC writing Batman,” read a statement attributed 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.”
“The Dark Knight Returns” is heralded as one of the greatest comics of the modern era, reintroducing Bruce Wayne as an aging, gritty and embittered hero sparring with Superman and taking on the Joker in a climactic battle for the soul of Gotham. The new take on the character paved the way for Batman’s renaissance and big-screen success of the late ’80s, ’90s and ’00s.
A follow-up graphic novel, “The Dark Knight Strikes Again,” was released in 2001. Miller’s dark and brooding take on Batman has dominated Bat-stories for much of the last 30 years, and it’s said to be a guiding influence on Ben Affleck’s portrayal of the superhero in Zack Snyder’s upcoming “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which is slated for a 2016 release. A trailer featuring Batman in pre-sparring mode with Superman landed this month.