Batman #40 Endgame, the conclusion to Scott Snyder's and Greg Capullo's devastating Batman storyline, was released today, and things look mighty dire for the Dark Knight and the Clown Prince of Crime. Just how it all played out in the caves beneath Gotham City should be fully absorbed by reading the entire six-part series, but this depressing ending, with Batman and the Joker both bleeding out and left for dead before reaching the Dionysium pool has a poignant finality that will usher in the next armored iteration of Batman starting with Free Comic Book Day in May. It's already been revealed that the man in the new rabbit-eared cyber-suit will be Jim Gordon himself.
Here are Snyder's comments on the mournful finale from an interview with Comic Book Resources:
"Batman knows that he is going to go down fighting. And that's the way that Batman will always end. He's not going to retire, at least our version of him. He's not going to ride off into the sunset. He's going to go down fighting for the city whether old or young. Giving him the chance to fight his greatest enemy, who represents everything that he stands against is the perfect ending for him. The Joker represents meaningless and the idea that everyone is laughing at him and you. Joker doesn't think that your life means anything whereas Batman says, "Stand up and make your life matter." Who wouldn't want to go down in a blaze of glory? If you're going to go down some way, what better way than saving the city and making sure that this monster never gets out of the box on your watch. It's almost a happy ending for Batman."
Check out these death-scene panels in the two preview pages below and tell us if this Endgame delivers. Do you think Bruce Wayne will be resurrected, or has he thrown his last Batarang?
(Via Comic Book Movie)