Little is known about Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s next major DC Comics project. We know it’s a Batman-centric event, and that its story is “very rock n’ roll.” It has a name, but Snyder is keeping mum on what that is, telling CBR it’s “my favorite name, but I can’t say it yet. Dan [DiDio] would murder me.”
In a new interview with CBR, Snyder opened up ever-so-slightly about what fans should expect from his and Capullo’s re-pairing. In addition to talking about the series’ overall tone, which he describes as “celebratory, and huge, and crazy,” the writer also revealed that he recently spent time breaking the story with DC Entertainment’s chief creative officer Geoff Johns, aka the architect behind the current Rebirth mystery involving the Watchmen.
“Greg [Capullo] calls it our Batman heavy metal rock opera,” Snyder told CBR with a laugh. “It’s going to be a big, epic Batman story with flaming armor, an over-the-top capstone to a lot of the stuff that we’ve done with him. It’s all mapped out. I’ve just been out to Burbank with Geoff Johns going over it, and going over what he’s doing. It was great. It was one of the best story meetings that I’ve ever had. We sat there for a couple of days and really tightened up some of the screws. Geoff was incredibly generous and helpful with it.”
“Above all, what I really want it to be for fans is to not have it feel like the kind of event that we’ve seen before. I love DC events. They’re bonkers and wonderful, but generally, they refer back to continuity, or they are all about where the line is at that moment in time,” Snyder continued. “Geoff’s best ones have been plain-out great stories, but I think “Crisis,” for example, is in conversation with what we need to do with the line, as good as they are. What I want this one to be is different. I want it built out of the stories happening now and creating new material and giving everybody a place to tell stories that fit what they’re doing on their books, and feels really modern and different and above all fun. I don’t want it to be grim. I don’t want it to be superheroes arguing over something. Superheroes won’t be fighting superheroes. I want it to be celebratory, and huge, and crazy. I am going for out of control dinosaurs and lasers. It should be fun.”
Snyder and Capullo’s Eisner Award-nominated partnership took shape along with DC Comics’ New 52, as the pair helmed DC Comics’ relaunched “Batman” series. The two creators worked together on the series for five years, crafting a number of critically and fan-acclaimed stories, reinventing classic characters for DC’s then-new continuity, and introducing all-new friends and foes for the Dark Knight.