KING'S PLANS CONTINUE
Posted: 062819

Tom King Will be Leaving Batman But His Story will Finish in DC's New Bat-Book

Tom King had planned out a 100-issue run on Batman but thatís not going to happen now. He had said in multiple interviews that the events of Batman #75 could change the Dark Knight "maybe forever." #75 is the start of the eight-issue City of Bane arc and according to King, ďit extends another five after that, in a kind of aftermath story. And then we start the coda, which will be the last, say, 15 issues or so. If youíve been reading Batman all this time, God bless you, but Iíve been torturing you for the last six months to a year. Iíve been tearing Batman down all that time. 'City of Bane' is Batman getting off the ground, saying, 'Iím still here,' itís the turning point. Weíve reached the low point, now itís time for Batman to come back and show you why heís Batman. Maybe that wonít be in the traditional way, but itíll show you why Batman matters. Beyond that ó and this is recent ó Iíve been talking to, not just DC, but Warner Brothers and AT&T. What weíre going to do for the last 15 issues is something no oneís ever seen for the character. Itís something thatís going to change the character for a generation, or maybe more. Maybe forever. I never thought weíd get this kind of stuff approved; when youíre working with a corporate character, you think youíre going to have to reset. But this is a change thatís going to shake the world of Batman and itís going to leave my mark on the character. So thatís coming. All I have to do is land it." And then it all fell apart when rumors started making the rounds that he was to be taken off the book before his sea change could happen. King will leave Batman with #85. So the five issue aftermath story has been cut down to three issues. King does have other DC projects in the works and will do a 12-issue Batman/Catwoman limited series with Clay Mann. So we will never know what Batman #86-105 was supposed to be. DC has yet to name the new team taking over for King.

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