Frank Miller is coming back to Gotham.
While I always preferred Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One, it’s no secret that his seminal tale of an older Bruce Wayne reluctantly coming out of retirement to protect his city has been highly influential to an entire generation of fans and creators. As one of the stories, along with Watchmen, that brought about the “grim n gritty” look and feel of many comics for years to come, it can never be said enough that The Dark Knight Returns is a classic of the medium. College courses are taught using the collected edition as curriculum, it’s been adapted into a two part animated feature, and is the basis for much of the story in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice feature film.
While the sequel, The Dark Knight Strikes Back, was nowhere near as warmly received, DC Comics is hoping Miller, with Brian Azzarello in tow, can make the magic happen once again with The Dark Knight III: The Master Race. Published as an eight issue twice monthly mini-series this fall, the story will be co-written by Miller and Azzarello, with an as yet unannounced revolving group of artists.
“It’s been an amazing experience collaborating with Frank these past six months,” says Azzarello. “I think we have an epic story that these characters truly deserve.”
Here’s hoping that the story is more along the lines of Batman: Year One, and less like All-Star Batman and Robin. Miller has lost his touch a bit in recent years, so I’m hoping Azzarello can bring out the best in him. Either way, with the hype surrounding Batman v Superman, The Dark Knight III: The Master Race is sure to become a best seller in no time.
Batman remains my favorite comic book hero and a sequel to Dark Knight is going to be daunting, but we’ll do our best,” says Miller.
“We are thrilled to have Frank back home at DC writing Batman,” according 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.”
We’ll see if lightning strikes again when The Dark Knight III: The Master Race begins this fall.