A new image posted to Twitter by Dark Nights: Metal series artist Jonathan Glapion proves that the series’ subtitle is well-deserved. The early art shows Superman doing something completely unexpected to Batman in a yet-released issue. If these are the kinds of twists and turns fans can expect from Dark Nights: Metal, the trip is sure to be a long and strange one.
— Jonathan Glapion (@jonathanglapion) August 12, 2017
Dark Night: Metal focuses on a malevolent Dark Multiverse that has its gaze locked on the inhabitants of the DC Universe. The series is written by Scott Snyder, with art by Greg Capullo, which is perhaps the most surprising element of the featured panel. Snyder and Capullo teamed together previously on a fan-favorite Batman run that lasted from 2011 until 2016. With Glapion’s reveal, it appears Snyder and Capullo have turned a corner in their relationship with the Dark Knight.
There’s no telling yet what precipitated Superman’s attack, but every time the Man of Steel punches a hole in someone the consequences are not far behind. Superman made a similar move on the Joker in the fighting game Injustice’s story mode. The Joker’s death led to a worldwide dictatorship orchestrated by the Man of Steel himself. With rumblings of a Dark Multiverse in play (which brings with it the potential for doppelgangers), it could be that Superman had the best of intentions. Though, it’s possible the Kryptonian himself was replaced…
Available for purchase on Aug. 16, Dark Nights: Metal is a publication of DC Comics written by Scott Snyder with art by Jonathan Glapion, Greg Capullo, Andy Kubert, John Romita Jr. and Jim Lee.