After writing the main Batman comic for five years, one might think that Scott Snyder would want a break from Bruce Wayne. Instead, he’s moved to All-Star Batman, where he’s anchoring the rotating creative teams that will be producing stories for new ongoing series. The acclaimed writer is in a different place—as is Batman, who finds himself being more of a Caped Crusader again than a Dark Knight.
It’s not that All-Star Batman is lighthearted—the second issue, out this week, continues the road-trip Two-Face assassination storyline—but all the Bat-titles feel less grim and more energetic than recent arcs featuring Gotham City’s sworn protector. We spoke to Snyder about why Batman’s felt different since DC’s Rebirth initiative started, his new responsibilities as a writer, what’s next for new sidekick Duke Thomas, and more.