There's Gonna Be a Whole Lot of Batman in DC Comics' Next Big Event

Image: DC Comics. Art by Jim Lee, Scott Williams and Alex Sinclair.
Image: DC Comics. Art by Jim Lee, Scott Williams and Alex Sinclair.

Ever since Flashpoint, DC Comics has tried not to stray too far into roster-wide comic book event series. That’s going to change this year with Dark Days—a big new project being pitched as what could be an over-the-top sendoff to Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s run on the Dark Knight.


Today DC announced that Snyder, James Tynion IV, Jim Lee, Andy Kubert, and John Romita Jr. are teaming up for two one-shot comics called Dark Days: The Forge and Dark Days: The Casting that promise to “reveal the dark underbelly of the DC Universe” before heading into a new line-wide event series.

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There’s not much more to go on about the event other than that description and the above art of Batman looking up at a giant statue of what looks to be a far more tyrannical version of himself. But a mystery with dark ramifications for the DC Universe could possibly indicate that the untitled event Dark Days is leading up to will lift the lid on Watchmen’s integration into DC canon.

However, in a statement from Scott Snyder about the news, it seems like this may instead be the big Batman-centric event the writer has been talking about doing with his fellow Batman series collaborator Greg Capullo pretty much since the two left the book after an extensive run last year:

Dark Days posits a mystery that traces all the way back to when I started on Batman. I’ve hinted at them over the years with Easter eggs and clues. This is a mystery that literally begins at the dawn of man and spans generations of heroes and villains and ultimately leads to huge revelations about the past, present and future of the cosmology of DC. I couldn’t be more excited for Dark Days. It’s the prelude to the event we’ve been developing for years.

Either way, expect a big deal and some Batman revelations in whatever DC’s cooking up. What you shouldn’t expect from it? Superheroes arguing with each other, according to an earlier interview Snyder did with CBR:

I want it built out of the stories happening now and creating new material and giving everybody a place to tell stories that fit what they’re doing on their books, and feels really modern and different and above all fun. I don’t want it to be grim. I don’t want it to be superheroes arguing over something. Superheroes won’t be fighting superheroes. I want it to be celebratory, and huge, and crazy. I am going for out of control dinosaurs and lasers.


Oh, snap.

Dark Days: The Forge and Dark Days: The Casting are set to hit on June 14 and July 12 respectively, ahead of the new event kicking off after that.



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Okay a few thoughts, first a backpack atop a cape. Isn’t that going to mess with mobility and kind of defeat the purpose of the cape?

Next, I’m so tired of event comics. It’s what drove me away from comics in the 90s in X-Plosion era of Marvel. It made me double down on the Vertigo lines before abandoning traditional hero comics all together. I have been tempted to return and have been dipping my toe into the water but stuff like this just pushes me away.

Lastly the mythologizing of the Batman really undermines the core element that makes Batman so accessible for a lot of people. It’s his humanity that makes him so appealing. Yes he’s the “world’s greatest detective” but ultimately he’s just a regular person who’s pulled himself up to the pinnacle of human capability out of determination and dedication to a set of ideals. Making it some cosmic entity or force robs it of its humanity. Anyhow, we’ll see how that pans out.