DC mainstay, Batman writer, and The Death of Superman animated feature scripter Peter Tomasi has been writing Detective Comics since issue #994 and now, with Batman’s 80th anniversary and Detective Comics‘ 1000th issue on its way, he stopped by C2E2 for a panel.
SYFY WIRE attended his live stage discussion about the incredible landmark, which comes a year after Superman’s Action Comics hit the same one and will feature the beginnings of a new arc from Tomasi and artist Doug Mahnke. The arc, focused on Batman: Arkham Knight‘s comic book version of the mysterious title character – a sword-wielding bad boy (or is it bat boy?) – is here to get all futuristic on Gotham, though with fewer robotic accessories than the video game.
Tomasi explained that working on the upcoming comic wasn’t a nervous undertaking. However, with Arkham Knight’s first appearance in the DC Universe, Tomasi explained how “it was the perfect time to bring the character in.” The writer called the story “visceral” and “unexpected.” While the other contributors will be writing their stories with Batman as a hero, his story sees Batman as a villain (at least, from Arkham Knight’s perspective) – something unique to the issue, which he teased would also have plenty of Joker antics. He also mentioned Brad Walker would be doing the art for the next few issues of his run.
The rest of the creative teams coming to #1000 include Kevin Smith and Jim Lee; Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev; Warren Ellis and Becky Cochran; Paul Dini and Dustin Nguyen; Christopher Priest and Neal Adams; Geoff Johns and Keeley Jones; Tom King, Tony Daniel, and Joëlle Jones; Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo; James Tynion IV and Alvaro Martinez; and Denny O’Neil and Steve Epting.
The huge issue drops on March 27.
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