Frank Miller is legend. His work has defined an era in comics and influenced the comic book film from Daredevil to Batman. It was 1986 that the Dark Knight Returns it the scene and revolutionised the game. Frank Miller’s gritty interpretation of an elder Bruce Wayne influence the very visage of Snyder’s Batman in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
Now Miller, the man who, without apology, lay claim to being the originator and thus rightful owner of the coinage of Batman being called the ‘Dark Knight’, is back. Yes, take that Nolan. But back with what? A sequel to Dark Knight Rises entitled The Dark Knight III: The Master Race:
Frank Miller teams up with writer Brian Azzarello (100 BULLETS, JOKER, and WONDER WOMAN) on the eight-issue comic series, published twice a month via DC Comics. The new book will mark the 30th anniversary of THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS original series, this periodical is slated for publication beginning in late Fall 2015.
But what Frank Miller are we getting? The one that defined an era across Marvel and DC Comics. Sin City Frank Miller? Or old nutty geyser who goes on rants, has Batman get abusive against a goddamn Robin or some other goddamn xenophobic propaganda piece. After all, the title of the book already sounds… and looks… propaganda-y. Red, White, Black… “Master Race”… just saying. But Miller definitely knows not to make light work of DC’s greatest franchise… it seems:
Batman remains my favourite comic book hero and a sequel to Dark Knight is going to be daunting but we’ll do our best.
Dan DiDio and Jim Lee, Co-Publishers for DC Entertainment also commented on the legendary news:
We are thrilled to have Frank back home at DC writing Batman. 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.
As of this moment there is no artist attached to the project.
Honestly we thought DKR left off in a nice place. This revisit feels like it may be more of an anniversary landmark than an actual comprehensive sequel, but our hopes is it brings back the good old days to rival recent Miller issues But it would be interesting to see how it pans out anyway.