It’s been teased for months now that the superstar creative team of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo are set to reunite at DC Comics for a DC Universe-wide event — and now that story has been revealed as “Dark Nights: Metal,” set to debut in August.
The event was scheduled to be revealed by Snyder, Capullo and DC Entertainment Co-Publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio today during a panel at Fan Expo Dallas, streamed online via Facebook Live. This is the first story from Snyder and Capullo since their celebrated collaboration on “Batman,” which ran from 2011 to 2016 and spawned such acclaimed arcs as “The Court of Owls,” “Death of the Family,” “Zero Year” and “Endgame.” Based on the promotional art revealed, “Dark Nights: Metal” appears to heavily involve Batman, yet it said to “encompass the full expanse of the DC Universe.”
“I’ve been planning ‘Metal’ for as long as I’ve been writing ‘Batman,'” Snyder said in a statement. “But this is bigger than ‘Batman.’ Greg and I started dropping clues during ‘Court of Owls,’ we continued through our Joker stories and we placed our biggest hints in the run that culminated with ‘Batman’ #50. And now we’re back to tell a story that breaks everything apart. This will be the definitive project of our careers. ‘Metal’ takes us in an entirely new direction. Greg and I will dig beneath the surface of all the stories we’ve told to find a place of terror and twisted nightmares.”
Details of “Dark Nights: Metal” remain mostly under wraps, including how many issues the series will run and any possible tie-ins. The only plot clues that DC’s press release gives is that the story will “examine every choice a hero doesn’t take and every path they don’t walk, and open up worlds that are forged by nightmares.” But don’t assume that means things will be grim and gritty, as the aim is to fit into the more hopeful tone of the DC Universe established by last year’s “Rebirth” publishing initiative.
“I want ‘Metal’ to be built upon the stories happening now in Rebirth and create new material that feels really modern and different,” Snyder said. “And above all, it’s going to be fun. Even with terror and nightmares, it won’t be grim. ‘Dark Nights: Metal’ will be celebratory, huge and crazy. I’ve said it before: I am going for out-of-control dinosaurs and lasers.”
And it’s not just Snyder and Capullo reuniting for “Dark Nights: Metal.” “Batman” inker Jonathan Glapion and colorist FCO are also on board.
“As you’ve probably heard by now, brother Scott and I are renewing our comic wedding vows,” Capullo said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to rock’n’ and roll’n’ together again. Fans have been loud and clear; they want more from us. You know what they say; give the people what they want. Jonathan Glapion and FCO, the original Bat team, will be riding the lightning with Scott and I once again. We’re primed and ready to blow it up.”
“I couldn’t be more excited to see Scott and Greg take on the DC Universe,” DiDio said in the press release. “‘Dark Nights: Metal’ leans into the strength of the relationship Scott and Greg forged on ‘Batman’ to launch something new and unexpected. We’re pushing the world’s finest heroes in new, unexplored directions to tell a giant story, using all the characters in our pantheon.”
Last month, DC announced two one-shot preludes to this story: “Dark Days: The Forge,” scheduled for June 14, and “Dark Days: The Casting,” scheduled for July 12. Those comics will include contributions from writers Snyder and James Tynion IV, along with artists Jim Lee, Andy Kubert and John Romita Jr.
DC has stated more “Dark Nights: Metal” news is planned for later this month. Keep reading CBR for the latest.