To celebrate today's release of Dark Knights: Metal tie-in book Batman Lost, writer Scott Snyder dropped a hint about a future story via Twitter.
"Thank you guys so much for the response to #METAL, " the writer expressed. "And as a thanks, a secret: there is a clue to something big planned for 2018 on those bookshelves in grandpa Bruce's study.."
The Metal tie-in one-shot takes place inside the Dark Multiverse, where an old Bruce Wayne spends an evening with his granddaughter and recounts his past adventures as the Dark Knight. The pair spend their time together in Wayne Manor's library, and while it's a logical conclusion to assume the clue is one of the many titles we see on the books therein, it could very well lie elsewhere.
In the scene, we see a bookshelf filled with pictures and memorabilia from Batman's past adventures. Perhaps the most interesting item is the police badge on display that reads "Batman" on it. Taken together, with the picture of Bruce unmasked next to Commissioner Gordon, it could be evidence that Batman's identity will become public knowledge at some point, and he will be deputized by the GCPD.
As mentioned earlier, the upper shelves hold a number of books documenting Batman's old cases, which are conveniently labeled as old Batman comic book stories. Some of them are more obvious than others, like "Hush" and "Knightfall." Then there are those stories Snyder penned, including "The Court of Owls" and "The Black Mirror."
Among the stories highlighted are Long Halloween and Dark Victory, iconic Batman books drawn by Tim Sale. The artist hinted last week that he will be returning to Batman in the coming year, so its possible the tease in Batman: Lost refers to whatever project he has in development.
There is also the book "Daughter of the Demon," which refers to Batman #232 from 1971. The issue depicts a complicated scheme by Ra's al Ghul to get Batman to marry his daughter Talia. With Batman currently engaged to Catwoman, it's possible Ra's might be returning to involve himself in the marriage plans.
Eventually, Bruce's granddaughter reaches for a book labeled "The Case of the Chemical Syndicate," which refers back to Batman's first appearance in Detective Comics #27. It's a story that has been updated many times over the years, including in the pages of Batman: Lost. Next to it, we see a book titled "No Justice," which doesn't refer to any known Batman story. While it is the title of a popular fane edit of Batman v Superman, it holds no obvious connection to a past DC Comics story, indicating that it's most likely the tease Snyder referenced in his tweet. As for what, exactly, it refers to remains unknown, but we'll likely not have to wait too long to find out.
Batman Lost #1 by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Josh Williamson, Doug Mahnke, Yanick Paquette, Jorge Jimenez, Jamie Mendoza, Wil Quintana, Nathan Fairburn and Alejandro Sanchez is on shelves now.