WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Dark Nights: Metal #5 by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, in stores now.
From the start, Dark Nights: Metal was advertised as a Batman story. Sure, it would feature the entire Justice League and explore the full scope of the DC Multiverse, but at its core, it was, we were told, a Batman-centric story. This didn’t come as much of a surprise, considering that the now-iconic team of Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion and FCO Plascencia were the creative forces behind this event, after delivering a character-defining run on the Batman title during the days of the New 52.
The threat to the whole of reality is Barbatos, a demonic bat-like creature, as well as the Dark Knights, nightmarish and twisted versions of Bruce Wayne that hail from the Dark Multiverse, each more frightening than the last. Batman is at the center of this story, traveling through reality and Hell itself to save, well, everyone. But over the course of the event, there is another character who also received a bit of the spotlight. With issue #5, it’s become obvious that Dark Nights: Metal is not just a crucial Batman story, but a character-defining event for Wonder Woman.
Diana has been a part of the book’s core cast ever since the first issue. Unsurprisingly, given her role, she has been the subject of many of the series’ variant covers, and even saw part of her mythology receive a Metal-related retcon. As the mysteries of the Dark Multiverse started to unravel, and as the Earth became under threat from the Dark Knights while the planet began to fall towards the dark, it became clear that this was an all-hands on deck situation, no matter how much Batman wanted to handle it on his own. Before long, every superhero of the DC Universe was involved in a search for Nth metal, in the desperate hope of defeating Barbatos and his minions, and leading that very charge was Diana of Themyscira.
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