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Miller & Azzarello Explain “Dark Knight III’s” Collaborative Process, Real World Inspirations

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Miller & Azzarello Explain “Dark Knight III’s” Collaborative Process, Real World Inspirations

Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello teased big cliffhangers for “The Dark Knight III: The Master Race”, offered some new insight into how the series developed, hinted at when we’d learn about Bruce Wayne’s fate and more during an interview with Newsarama.

“You will have your answer in the next issue,” Azzarello said of Bruce Wayne’s death, adding, “We”e trying to big, big cliffhangers, and I think we succeed. And actually, in issue #2, there are three cliffhangers. One page after the other.”

So far as his collaborative process with Miller, he explained, “We sat down and talked the story through. I’m doing a lot of the heavy lifting, but it’s both of our’s story. I lift up the boxes, and he opens the boxes and tells me, move the boxes. [Laughs] It’s both of ours, definitely. A lot of the moments are – I think we each have a cliffhanger in this week’s issue, for example.”

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Miller also discussed how real world events influenced “The Dark Knight III,” saying, “When I did the first two books of Dark Knight, they reflected the time in which they were done. The first one was a reflection of the ’80s, and the second of the early ’90s, and the politics of the time, particularly New York City of the time, which I think isn’t necessarily the case now. That comes from the spirit of where comic books came from. And I think Brian and I — both of us — are trying to bring comic books a bit closer to the real world.”

“We’re trying to do the same thing here. I don’t think we’re pulling any punches. When [the Paris attacks] happened, for a split second, I thought, should we be toning this down? For a split second. That’s it. And I answered myself, ‘Absolutely not. If anything, go harder,'” Azzarello added.

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“This might sound goofy, but the real world is our Easter egg in this story,” he continued. “But I think it’s something both of us have always done in our work. 100 Bullets is full of real world. It’s the way we work. It’s not hard to do. It’s really natural.”

When asked whether he planned to draw his fourth “Dark Knight” series, Miller answered, “I plan to.”

Miller, Azzarello and Andy Kubert’s “The Dark Knight III: The Master Race” #2 will be available at retailers on December 23.

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