DC Comics has chosen Fan Expo Dallas as its location to announce new details surrounding the publisher's mysterious summer event. On April 2, fans not in attendance can tune into Facebook Live to see the event's creative team of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo join co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio as they peel back the curtain on the top secret Batman-centric story.
Earlier this week DC teased this line-wide publishing event with the reveal of two “Dark Days” one-shots from writers and frequent collaborators Snyder and James Tynion IV and superstar artists Lee, Andy Kubert and John Romita Jr.: “Dark Days: The Forge,” scheduled for release on June 14, and “Dark Days: The Casting,” set for July 12. The stories are said to explore a mystery that “will reveal the dark underbelly of the DC Universe.”
Snyder teased this story at the end of 2016 in an interview with CBR, which he described as “celebratory, and huge, and crazy."
“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.”
Educated guesses can be made on exactly what this event will entail, but one thing we know for sure is it won't be like any other event fans have seen before. "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. "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.”
Bypassing grim tales and arguing superheroes falls in line with the DC Rebirth initiative and its "back to basics" approach to storytelling. Hope has returned in Rebirth and it's possible whatever the "Dark Days" event is will continue to build on this legacy.
Fan Expo Dallas' DC Comics: Special Event panel will be held at the Dallas Convention Center Sunday, April 2 at 1pm CT in Room C3 and also stream live on DC's Facebook and Batman pages.