Batman's latest protege, Duke Thomas, will headline his own ongoing series titled Batman: The Signal, written by DC Talent Workshop alum Tony Patrick. The announcement was made during the Dark Nights: Metal and Dark Matter panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego.
Dubbed “Gotham’s hero by day” by Snyder, Thomas received his new superhero moniker from the Joker in Dark Days: The Casting, a prelude to Dark Nights: Metal.
In an interview with CBR, Snyder gave some hints that a solo book for Thomas was in the near future. "What I will say about The Signal, or Signal, is that Duke is a character I’ve had a lot invested in for a long time, and there’s been so many calls to get him his own book and his own name and his own story. But, I didn’t want to do it before I felt we had the right platform."
He added, "One of the reasons we put him in The Casting was to show his importance to us and spotlight the part of the mythology in Gotham that he’s actually essential to. So the other half of this, from just a logistics standpoint, is that I wanted this to be a place where I could bring in new talent."
"The other thing I’d say is that I think it’s a really cool concept just in that, Joker is actually really open about it," Snyder said. "We’ve hinted at in previous stuff, but, to have something that actually makes a hero-by-day for Gotham is actually really cool. It’s something we haven’t seen and gives Duke a mythology that is brand new."