The DC Comics Batman spotlight panel was full of news and teases, as every current Batman family writer took the stage to talk about their titles. But two big pieces of news stood out, as a finale was announced for one creator and a long-awaited return was teased for one character.
Scott Snyder will be leaving Batman behind "for a long time" after he writes one more story, of course. Snyder will team with Sean Murphy (currently writing and drawing Batman: White Knight where Joker is cured and a hero) for Batman: The Last Night, capping his years-long run on various Batman titles.
"It'll be my last Batman story... for awhile," Snyder said while announcing the series. It takes place "about 20-25 years in the future" and it stars Damian Wayne as Batman. "He has this dream where he is saying, 'yes father, I will become the Bat,' then he wakes up in a hole in a ruined Gotham City. He doesn't remember anything, and sees all this destruction, then a voice says 'Hey kid, you gotta move.'"
The voice is quite a surprise, as it comes from Joker's severed head, clipped to Batman's belt.
Snyder also teased we'll see "Old Warrior Wonder Woman, baby Superman," and plenty more crazy future takes on characters for what he insists is the end of his run with Batman for the forseeable future.
Murphy, in addition, has an idea for a sequel to White Knight already.
With Detective Comics' current story, James Tynion IV has been restoring Tim Drake to his old glory. He restored his origin from pre-New 52 in the most recent issue, and said that one relationship of Tim's is next.
"One of the questions people have had since we started focusing on Tim Drake is, 'where is Conner Kent?'" Tynion said at the panel. "That question will be asked in the next issue of Detective Comics!" he teased to a lot of applause.
Tynion is also writing a sequel to Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, where Bane, Batman, and Robin get dropped into the TMNT version of NYC, and Bane will be supercharging TMNT villains with venom.
The next arc of Tom King's Batman run, which he said will be 100 issues long altogether, will explore the recent engagement of Batman and Catwoman in "Rules of Engagement." It's 17 issues long for the over-arc, starting with a story drawn by Joelle Jones that takes Batman and Catwoman to see Talia al Ghul.
"The second thing I thought after 'Batman and Catwoman get engaged' was 'Catwoman and Talia have a sword fight in the desert,'" he teased.
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