Artist Mitch Gerads has explained why DC Comics decided against using his original cover for Batman #74.
— Cuz of its popularity they tried to keep it, but it no longer makes sense with the story direction. @DCComics has been very kind and hopefully we’ll see it in a collection or used elsewhere. Thank you all for the kind words. Probably the biggest reaction I’ve got from a cover!— Mitch Gerads (@MitchGerads) June 14, 2019
Gerads is a frequent collaborator with Batman writer Tom King, providing many covers for his Batman run. The issue was initially solicited to be the final installment of "The Fall and the Fallen" arc, which saw a desert confrontation between the Dark Knight and his father, Flashpoint's Thomas Wayne. However, the story has been tweaked since it was originally written, leading to the cover change.
Batman #73 by Tom King and Mikel Janin goes on sale June 19. Batman #74 goes on sale July 3.