Announced this afternoon at New York Comic Con’s Batman panel, writer Scott Snyder and artist Sean Murphy will be reuniting for “Batman: Last Knight,” a story that Snyder says will be “closing a chapter” for his version of the Dark Knight.
It’s been discussed previously, with Snyder comparing his final Batman story to Mad Max, and claiming that it would be the final arc of “All-Star Batman.” Today, however, he stated (via CBR) that it had more of a “Lone Wolf and Cub” vibe. The story is to be set 25 years into the future, and Snyder says of the series: “Batman suddenly wakes up and he’s … young, but he wakes up in this post-apocalyptic wasteland, crawling out of the sand in this Gotham City that’s been ruined. He’s got the Joker’s head chained to his belt, but it’s alive and like ‘You gotta move, kid!’ It’s got old Wonder Woman, Baby Superman — it’s like my Lone Wolf and Cub Batman story.”
Snyder is no stranger to “Batman,” having written the series for five years during the New 52 era, alongside Greg Capullo on art. Snyder’s currently working on “All-Star Batman” with various artists (including Murphy,) and is the writer for “DC Metal,” the summer blockbuster currently being released by the publisher. Sean Murphy also has experience with the character: his mini-series “Batman: White Knight” has just started this month. Snyder and Murphy also worked together for a short Batman story in “Detective Comics,” and their previous collaborations include “American Vampire” and “The Wake,” both for Vertigo.
There is currently no release date for “Batman: Last Knight.”
Update: In a tweet sent out Saturday night, Sean Murphy states this will be his last book working with a separate writer. He tweeted “After this book, I’m retiring from working with writers. Going to do my own stuff from now on.”