There’s going to be a new Batman in town. June’s comic solicitations delivered the news, via a preview for Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman #41. The tantalizing description? “The all-new Batman makes his debut! Who is he, and what happens next? Find out here as a new era begins in Gotham City!”
The duo’s Batman run has received a great deal of acclaim from fans and critics alike, in part because each story arc has far-reaching consequences in the fictional universe. After the sordid events of the “”Death in the Family story arc, Joker has returned to wreck Batman’s world for Endgame, which always signals serious trouble for the Caped Crusader. No one can predict exactly what will happen when the run finishes in June after the Convergence event.
Snyder is excited to share something completely new with fans and be a part of a more progressive, bold DC Comics world.
“It’s my fifth year in Bat-world, and Greg’s fourth. Endgame was originally designed possibly to be my last story on [Batman] when I first thought of it while I was doing Death of the Family,” Snyder told CBR. “What happened was, the line got so exciting, between these books that are coming out—Batgirl, Gotham Academy, Gotham By Midnight, then you see Catwoman’s status; the books coming, Midnighter—the feeling at DC right now, it’s so progressive.”
Snyder decided that the bigger, bolder DC Universe was worth sticking around for.
“If we do Endgame the way we’re going to do it, it’s going to change everything. A transformative story that ends and burns down everything, and starts something brand new. We toyed with calling it All-New Batman afterwards because it’s so different.”
With a series that recently revealed that the Joker might be immortal (or at least very, very old), there are endless possibilities for the origin of the new Batman. Fans have taken to forums to discuss the myriad outcomes, from an entirely-AI robot Batman to a female Batman to a Bruce Wayne clone. We’ll all just have to wait and see when Batman #41 hits shelves on June 10.