While some stories seem to practically write themselves, other tales take a little longer to gestate, even if you are an acclaimed auteur like Neil Gaiman.
Answering a fan’s question about whether he had another Batman story he wanted to write on his Twitter feed, the author recently revealed that he does indeed have such a tale in mind. It just so happens, its one he has “wanted to tell for 28 years” — that’s around the same length of time Gaiman has been working in comics.
There is a Batman story I have wanted to tell for 28 years. And it is getting closer. I just need time… https://t.co/Bnaom4seWq
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) February 22, 2017
Gaiman teases, “it is getting closer. I just need time…” Of course, Gaiman’s slate is pretty full at the moment, with the TV adaptation of “American Gods” due out later this year and the writer reportedly working on a fantasy series for Fox.
But fans of Gaiman’s comics are quite accustomed to both a bit of waiting, and that waiting being worthwhile. The prequel series “Sandman: Overture” took two years to complete its six-issue run, which is nothing compared to the nearly 25 years “Miracleman” fans have been waiting to read the (already completed) third chapter in the Silver Age story arc.
For now, readers can console themselves with Gaiman’s two-part tale “Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader” in the meantime, as they imagine what this long-time-coming Bat-story might be.
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