Scott Snyder to Explore Batman's Origins in Zero Year Storyline
Since premiering in the pages of Detective Comics #27 in 1939 and promptly becoming a pop culture icon, Batman has seen countless reiterations and tweaks to his origin story.
Now, it looks as though beloved Batman scribe Scott Snyder will now be stepping up to bat (pun intended) to add his own touches to the Dark Knight mythos.
According to an interview with Snyder in The Associated Press, the upcoming line of Batman comics—an 11-part story dubbed “Zero Year”—will examine exactly how Bruce Wayne reinvented himself as the Caped Crusader.
Snyder says the project emerged as a result of the success of The New 52, a massive relaunch by DC Comics that (sort of) discontinued years of continuity in order to attract new readers. All titles were restarted and several characters were given different origins or costume designs.
“It’s time for a new story showing how Batman became who he is in the New 52,” Snyder says. “It builds up the mythology.”
For his part, Snyder assures that Zero Year—despite its title—will not simply be a retread of the classic Frank Miller-David Mazzucchelli origin story Year One. And, yes, the major touchstones of Bruce’s life (i.e. murdered parents) will still be there. Rather, the series will focus on how Bruce Wayne “became the Batman, built the cave, faced off with his first super villain.”
Though tinkering with any beloved character’s origins is always a sensitive prospect, Snyder looks to have accumulated more than enough good will in the past two years to assuage most fan fears.
A noted comic book writer and novelist whose credits included the acclaimed Vertigo title American Vampire, Snyder was handed the reigns of the New 52 Batman series in 2011. With arcs like Night of the Owls and the recently concluded Death of the Family storyline, Snyder has quickly become a fan favorite, making the Batman title one of the most well-regarded and talked-about books of the relaunch.
The Zero Year storyline will launch with issue #21 in June, which will feature art from regular series artist Greg Capullo.
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