DC Reveals the Nightmarish Batmen From New 'Dark Nights: Metal' Series

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 - 8:30PM
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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 - 8:30PM
DC Reveals the Nightmarish Batmen From New 'Dark Nights: Metal' Series
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Because it's about that time for DC Comics' next major event, and because DC is "the house that Batman built" if you believe The Lego Batman Movie, they'll soon be starting their Dark Nights: Metal event comic from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo.

The plot revolves around several "Nightmare Batmen," as longtime Batman writer Scott Snyder refers to them, who are alternate-universe Bruce Waynes which all became corrupted in various ways, like experimenting with Doomsday's DNA, trying to connect with the Speed Force, etc. The end result is a team of evil Batmen based on other members of the Justice League and villains like Doomsday and Joker, all of which are undoubtedly coming to the primary DC Universe to cause havoc for the main Batman and Justice League. 

During San Diego Comic-Con, DC released a promotional image of all of them posing in various evil positions:


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From left to right, we're introduced to such obviously evil characters like the Murder Machine (Cyborg), the Red Death (The Flash), the Devastator (Doomsday), the Merciless (Wonder Woman), the Drowned (Aquaman), and the Dawnbreaker (Green Lantern). There's apparently also a head Nightmare Batman named "the Batman Who Laughs" which is based on (no points for guessing) the Joker, but DC has kept him hidden so far.

Some of these hybrids are more obvious than others, like the Batman clearly wearing a Green Lantern ring or the lady-Batman brandishing Aquaman's trident, while ones like the Wonder Woman Batman are a bit more confusing as to what the connection is - clearly they didn't want to just give him Wonder Woman's outfit. But if you're curious as to who they are, each Nightmare Batman is getting a one-shot that explains their origins before they all unite in the first Dark Nights: Metal issue next month.



It definitely looks very gimmicky, but the fact that Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo are behind this is a good sign. The pair has been writing/drawing Batman comics for years now, since the "New 52" reboots back in 2011 (although Snyder's been writing Batman for even longer), and much of it has been phenomenal. Snyder/Capullo stories like "The Court of Owls" and "Death of the Family" kept Batman one of DC's brightest stars even through their messier days like the New 52 era.

So we'll see soon enough whether this lives up to the pair's usual standards, or if it becomes another forgettable Batman-heavy event. It could go either way right now, but at least all the Batmen look cool.

Dark Nights: Metal #1 comes out August 16, 2017.
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