>Batman writer Scott Snyder has announced that he will be leaving the title with April's #51. The writer revealed it in an interview with ComicVine discussing what readers can expect with March's Batman #50.
>"Just that Greg [Capullo] and I have had a blast together on this run. It’s our second to last issue together. 51 is my last issue as well on Batman," Snyder said. "For me, 50 is the quiet issue and 51 is really just a letter to the fans from us and a letter to Batman. It’s the lightest I’ve ever written. Not lightest as in happy but light as in not as many panels per page. It’s really really open. It’s a chance for Greg to draw the close before we take our break. 50 we wanted to be the opposite. We wanted it to be the most explosive, jam-packed sort of blockbuster crazed issue we’ve ever done. I hope it delivers in that regard."
>Snyder posted on Twitter that he's currently writing Batman #51.
>The Tweet: Truth: I've been delaying writing the last pages of Batman #51 - my final issue on the series & last comic w @GregCapullo for 6 months.
>Capullo is leaving Batman to work on an as-yet-untitled creator-owned project with Mark Millar, but has confirmed that he and Snyder have another DC project following that. Neither he nor Snyder have disclosed what that is.
The only thing to miss about this run. DC REALLY needs to bring it with whoever they get to draw this book next. Perhaps someone with a really unique style continuing the weirdness of Quitely/Irving.
>Imagine somebody like Slott
Sure thing man
Yeah, never heard of that one before. Also, he said LIKE Slott. Idiot.
So what other writer/artist changes are confirmed?
> Jensen off Flash, no upcoming DC projects
> David Walker not writing Cyborg
> SeeKing off Grayson (temporarily?)
> Billy Tan off GL
> Brad Walker off Sinestro
> Johns and EVS working on Rebirth
Posting the first-ever interview under the ComicVine-Gamespot partnership.
>COMIC VINE: The issue opens with a look at a different Bruce Wayne and Council of Owls. How much of that backstory did you come up with?
>SCOTT SNYDER: We actually came out with a lot of backstory and scenarios—me and James [Tynion IV]. He’s a real world builder like in Batman and Robin Eternal. He loves that stuff. The idea was to try to create scenarios that weren’t just fun things, but something that would really show us a sense of another opportunity for who he was. Here the idea was with the Council of Owls, Joe Chill being in the cave, the possibility of his villains being his helpers…all of it. We really wanted it to be something where it felt almost like a possibility he would want somehow. The Manor moves to the top of Wayne Tower and so on. This is Bruce as a well adjusted Batman—if he was over the trauma. If he was able to get over the scar, he’d still have all these abilities to be Batman. Here, what we wanted to do was say, is that possible? Would that make for a better Batman? Batman would still be the same pathologically driven detective character we know. Instead he’s able to overcome some of the scars of his life.
>CV: Do you think you’d ever want to fully explore this version, or the others seen here, at some point?
>SCOTT: I’d love to! I have so many stories in my head for all these different things. The ones we did here are sort of glimpses. You’ll notice, one of the themes I love to do, I’ve done throughout this run, is to try and see how far I can extend the mythology in my mind in different variants. Like in the DETECTIVE COMICS #27 short with Sean [Murphy], that reality where he clones himself and became Batman for hundreds and hundreds of years, we’ve sort of introduced that into continuity.
>Also in Endgame, there was all the different ways he could die when he was exposed to the fear gas. I love doing moments where we get to see insane conventions of the mythology and push the characters to their limits. The thing that’s amazing about it is when you do—any of these things I’d be happy to write. I’d love to write Batman, Bluebird, and Lark like we saw for a moment at the beginning of Endgame—fighting aliens or whatever. I know we could make it work. Not because Batman is flexible or rubbery, but because at his core, there’s that one thing he has to overcome to bring meaning to it all. That could be touched on in so many different ways. There could be Bruce Wayne adopted by the Kents, Bruce Wayne if his parents had lived, there’s just so many. There’s so many different story possibilities I’d love to write.
>CV: Who came up with the white suit design of this Batman?
>SCOTT: I suggested it. I asked for something that’s bright and kind of regal and a little more like the sun. The bat symbol here is the sun that lights the city. I suggested it to Yanick [Paquette] and he really came up with a killer design. I’m so thrilled with what he’s been able to do.
>CV: Julie Madison drops a pretty big bombshell about what she knew. Will you explore that later?
>SCOTT: Yup. For me, one of the things about this arc is defining a lot of the conventional troupes and try to avoid things that look familiar. We wanted every turn to be something unexpected, even if we’re taking characters that would make a really good plot reveal and play them differently in ways that might be more subtle. For example, in the beginning, I think everyone expected Geri Powers to be a big villain and Julie Madison to secretly be Bloom and stuff like that. There’s twists like that, and you’ll see in 50 there’s some fun things coming up that’ll surprise you.
>Ultimately I think this arc has been not just about defining plot conventions but taking these characters to places you haven’t seen emotionally and psychologically. With Julie, it was about making her a real and viable partner—making her someone Bruce admires and looks up to and inspires him. She also understands him better than he understands himself. In that way, I wanted it to be something where she’s the hero. She also makes a big sacrifice. She also plays the part of her father by pulling the trigger or providing the trigger. She provides the ‘gun’ that will kill this Bruce to bring back Batman.
>CV: Alfred doesn’t want Bruce to go back to being Batman. Will he still be willing to perform his role in assisting Batman?
>SCOTT: You’ll have to wait and see! I think it’ll change their relationship in some ways. You’ll hear a little about it in 50 and I think 51 and so on. We’ll definitely address it. For me, Alfred is the father figure for the son that doesn’t understand. It’s a really rough road. I think about it a lot. What if my son wanted to be something that puts him in the line of danger that I hate seeing him do, but I knew deep down it was the only thing that would make him happy. That’s what Alfred is going through.
>CV: Will you touch on Alfred’s role in We Are Robin at all?
>SCOTT: No, I’m not going to really touch on that in Batman itself. I’m trying to give everyone enough room to wrap up their stories and do what they do best, you know? Like stuff in Justice League, We Are Robin, or Batman and Robin Eternal, I’m trying to steer clear of and let everyone have the space to finish their stories. I want them to have the pieces they need and make Batman pretty singular.
My feeling exactly.
His cardinal mistake was to make Batman boring at the end -- at least during the past year there hasn't been much enthousiasm concerning new issues (either postive or nagative)
>CV: If Bruce can get his Batman memories back, will he have to train his body again to perform the moves he might remember being capable of?
>SCOTT: Spoiler! I don’t mean to spoil 50, but we end Bruce’s emotional arc here with a big revelation that he found a way back and has a bunch of tough decisions and Jim’s story is still going. Jim’s really the protagonist of the arc. His biggest challenge is coming. What that means for Bruce is that now it’s time to have fun with it. Bruce is now going to be the most awesome Batman you’ve ever seen. For me, the idea is if he becomes Batman again, we’ll bring him back healed. He’ll be faster and stronger than he’s ever been. No more scar tissue. No more wear and tear. He’s like Bruce physically 25 almost. Not the age but his body is healed. His body is perfect. At the same time, he’s got all the skills. You should prepare to see him kick some serious ass.
>CV: What can you tease about issue 50?
>SCOTT: Just that Greg [Capullo] and I have had a blast together on this run. It’s our second to last issue together. 51 is my last issue as well on Batman. For me, 50 is the quiet issue and 51 is really just a letter to the fans from us and a letter to Batman. It’s the lightest I’ve ever written. Not lightest as in happy but light as in not as many panels per page. It’s really really open. It’s a chance for Greg to draw the close before we take our break. 50 we wanted to be the opposite. We wanted it to be the most explosive, jam-packed sort of blockbuster crazed issue we’ve ever done. I hope it delivers in that regard.
>I have FF, comics, like 30, i'm not a FF reader
You're a fucking idiot then.
>but my guess is that you are not a batman reader either.
Kid, I'm pretty sure I've read more Batman than you have.
Nah, if you say johns gets batman better than morrison you show how dumb you are, if you like Earth one better than legends of the dark knight it's pretty clear that you are just a Johnsfag.
>if you say johns gets batman better than morrison you show how dumb you are, if you like Earth one better than legends of the dark knight
When the fuck did I say either of these things? I despise Earth One.
There was always shitposting during his run. Less during Batman and Robin, but there were always people claiming he's "ruining Batman".
Also, related, during the first 7-8 months of the new52, the popular opinion on Snyder was that his Batman run was amazing with plenty of people saying his run might end up being better than Morrison's.
>during the first 7-8 months of the new52, the popular opinion on Snyder was that his Batman run was amazing
Well for the first 7-8 issues it was. Things didn't go to shit until DotF
Probably an unpopular opinion on /co/ but I think the extent to which CoO's ending was "ruined" was vastly overstated. It wasn't the same level of quality as the beginning, but it definitely didn't tarnish the rest of the story.
Personally I've really enjoy Snyder and Capullo's run on Batman.
Have they produced the best Batman stories? No.
Have they consistently produced good Batman stories? Yes.
For a monthly series having good stories, and some of the most beautiful Batman art I've seen in years has been absolutely spectacular. They haven't tried to reinvent the wheel with Batman, but they haven't been completely derivative and have actually been doing new things with Batman while being true to Batman.
Also, and this is a personal thing, I liked Harper Row and felt like she was a better realised version of Tim Drake (who has always been my least favorite Robin).
I'm interested to see who they get next but they'll have big shoes to fill as before Snyder and Capullo it was Morrison. Good luck new Batman writer.
>Have they consistently produced good Batman stories? Yes.
I would disagree that Death of the Family and Endgame were good stories
>They haven't tried to reinvent the wheel with Batman
Regardless of whether you thought it was good or bad, that's literally what Zero Year was
>but they haven't been completely derivative
Morrison would like a word
>I liked Harper Row
Zero Year wasn't reinventing Batman. The core of Batman was still there, and Batman Year One wasn't canon anymore. It still has Bruce going overseas to learn how to be a badass, coming back to Gotham and fighting as a vigilante only to fail because he doesn't understand what he needs to do until he sees the Bat.
I think it's very reasonable to disagree with Death of the Family and Endgame, but personally I thought they were great.
I understand that me and Snyder are like the only people in the world who like Harper Row, that's my cross to bare.
Don't ya mean Wytch?
And nothing of value was lost.
Thank god. His run was crap.
And Superheavy's been pretty horrid outside of the little girl getting Bloomed Up.
Put Tom King on this book. He's a better writer period than this overrated hack job.
Nah, that's what it was like during Morrison's run when Batman and Robin and Batman Inc were running and Daniel was doing whatever on Batman. If anything they might give Johns another book along with JL to boost the bottom line.
Didn't he announce that he's moving from Batman straight to Detective Comics? As in, moving from one Batman solo title to a different but for all purposes identical Batman solo title?
Nah, they'll get Jeff Parker to do it.
The guy everyone gets when they need to an intermediary writer to sift through the ashes of a mega story arc and act as a scapegoat when they need someone to blame for the exhausted readership going elsewhere.
I didn't say he'd get a Batbook, just that he'd be allowed another ongoing now since he generally sells ok. It would make up the difference in what you lose with Snyder off Batman.
We don't even have any Rebirth info.
Just that most of the A lister solo creative teams are all leaving. And most people expected this by #50 or #52.
Yeah we don't even know if King is good with endings yet. Grayson seems to be one long story and Omega Men and Vision haven't finished yet.
But Robin War had a nice pace and ending.
He might be another Snyder for all we know.
I was talking more about King's issues since I didn't read the storytimes of the others.
And somebody did a storytime of King's issues and I could understand mostly everything, so that's good.
For a non-Valentine answer:
Marguerite Bennett. She literally studied under Snyder and already had a Batman issue during Snyder's run (Annual #2). Plus, main writer of DC Bombshells.
Titans are getting reshifted.
Titan's Hunt will end with the classic line up and SeeKing on writing. Rebirth won't be Nightwing Rebirth but Grayson will relaunch as Nightwing also with SeeKing on writing duties covering the Court of Owls arc.
Tim's team will take a break but eventually be relaunched with a back to basic's approach. Probably Tim/Con/Bart/Cassie and maybe another character after a brief hiatus. Tim, however, gets a solo book so he has a place to go until they relaunch a team for him. Probably Young Justice in hopes to get the shows fans.
I just feel it in my bones. There have been enough small hints about all this that I know it's coming.
>/co/ hyping up for what they think is SeeKing on Batman
>SeeKing is revealed to just be on Titans
The reaction would be funny but either of them being wasted on such a hamster wheel of a franchise would be horrible
A Titans book is definitely coming though
>King on Titans
>King going from having more control over his writing to having what will probably be Berganza's hand up his ass
It almost had a TV show and might get a movie and it's one of their most popular brands.
If DC wants to fix their shit they need to get Titans shit together.
This is the perfect way.
>to work on an as-yet-untitled creator-owned project with Mark Millar
> with Mark Millar
Snyder mostly overuses speech bubbles at the end of the arc to explain everything that happened and to have the villain rant about his plan and relation to the hero.
He's pretty normal besides that.
He was ok, he made Riddler to mega though, would have kept Riddler as a two bit and sneaky snidey gang member, myself. Bon voyage Snyder.
Simone on a Zatanna book, or something magic related maybe?
Man, I just started sorta liking it. I mean, I hated it, but it was also extremely entertaining. I hope the new writer is someone not boring like most of the writers at the big two. Anyway, good luck, Scott. I hate you so much.
Starfire ending at 12
>tfw the only comics I'm reading now are JL and batman
tfw just one comic in my list now, from 20 to one in 12 months
the industry is going downhill
RIP capullo, I loved his art.
>tfw you've been waiting years for Steph Brown to be back and bring a semblance of fun to n52
>She appears in Eternal
>Old Steph appears in Convergence
>It's even shittier
>Meanwhile Bryan Q. Miller stuck in Smallville comics
why can't we have a lighthearthed batfamily book
So the guy who's at the moment writing the best Marvel and best DC comic is gonna get on Batman? Sounds hype as shit. He's done a pretty good job on Grayson, too, so hopefully he brings the awesome to Batman.
Always thought Snyder's run was a bit overrated doing the same old ideas for the most of it (though Capullo's art was top tier), so it's gonna be a welcome change if true.