Did Tony Daniel accidentally spoil the big mystery of the DC Comics miniseries Batman: Battle for the Cowl?
Be warned: This post obviously contains potential spoilers.
On his blog this morning, the writer/artist posted his proposed redesigns for the Batman and Robin costumes, which include notes about color schemes and special features.
"Batman was a no," Daniel wrote in the post, which since has been deleted. "They didn't want the all black, which I understand. But I thought it would be a cool change, and he'd still be recognizable as Batman. Looks a little (or a lot) like the movie version. Robin's costume was chosen, but the hooded cape was decided upon after this sketch. I have more lying around, different angles. I just need to dig and right now I don't have time."
But the potential spoiler appears in his handwritten note on the Batman sketch: "Pitch black cape can envelope _____ & hide him completely."
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Warning: There are potential spoilers beyond this point.
Danger! Danger! Potential spoilers follow!
All right, are you ready?
The name that goes in the blank is ... Dick. As in Grayson, the original Robin-turned-Nightwing.
Judging from online discussion, that likely won't come as much of a surprise.
Of course, this could just be a well-planned ruse to throw readers off the scent of, say, Jason Todd. I guess.
In which case I'll say, Well played, DC Comics.
Batman: Battle for the Cowl #2 goes on sale April 8.