Comic Creators Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo Are Leaving Batman After 5 Years On the Job

Thursday, 28 January 2016 - 8:56PM
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Thursday, 28 January 2016 - 8:56PM
Comic Creators Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo Are Leaving Batman After 5 Years On the Job
Not long ago, rumors started surfacing about another DC Comics publisher wide renumbering once the company's main titles reach #52. This makes sense, seeing as how their new universe following the continuity reboot of 2011 has been called 'The New 52,' due to the 52 titles that were released at that time, each beginning wish a brand new issue #1. Co-publisher Jim Lee recently confirmed the fact that 'DC Rebirth' is indeed coming soon, but what exactly that entails is still unknown.

However, it has been confirmed that with this 'rebirth' will come at least one major change - Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo are officially leaving Batman after five years on the job. In a string of tweets dating to January 23rd, Snyder said the following, confirming the rumors that preceded:  

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You know you missed something when you're off twitter for a snowday w/the kid & you come back to inboxes full of PITCHES from folks who want your job, lol.  So you know, I'm stealing ALL your goddam pitches :).  But thank you guys sincerely for all the kind words on the time Greg Capullo and I have gotten to spend together on Batman. Means a lot.  We still have some time left together - issue 50 and 51, which are truthfully 2 of my favorites, 50 is all out fun - and we're just enjoying it.  I see that a bunch of you have questions about what I'm doing next - which is touching in itself, so thank you - but my feeling is, while I genuinely couldn't be more excited for what's coming (been planning it a long time) the next couple months are really about celebrating my brother-in-arms, Greg Capullo & the time we have left on Batman together. My focus here will be all on that. Hope u understand.  The funny thing is Greg Capullo is only gone for like 6 months before we start working on our biggest DC stuff together, so it's barely a break! Hope to wow u even more w/ what Greg Capullo and I have next, but this run together has been the ride of my life & I'm really grateful to you guys for it. Learned to be a better writer, better person from Greg Capullo - thanks for supporting us so long. You rock.
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This comes as somewhat of a surprise as Snyder had at first said that he would be staying on the book while artist Greg Capullo took a break to work on a new project with fellow comics legend Mark Millar of Civil War and Kick-Ass fame. It's very bittersweet news to hear, however, as Batman has consistently been DC's bestselling comic month after month, and much of that is due to Snyder and Capullo's phenomenal work. 

It's a rarity for one creative team to work on a singular book for such a long period of time, and it's even more of a rarity for that title to be so consistently and emphatically good. Snyder and Capullo were the creators when the New 52 began at issue #1 back in June 2011, and it looks like they'll be the creators at the finish as well when the renumbering will most likely take place sometime this summer.  

The rumor is that Snyder will be moving over to Detective Comics where he began his career at DC shortly before the New 52 began. He wrote the critically acclaimed story, "Batman: Black Mirror," which concluded the pre-52 universe for Detective. Though Snyder has not confirmed this part of the rumor, this is most likely true as he's done a lot of tweeting about which Batman villains he'd like to tackle next (a Two-Face story is most likely coming soon), and he's done a lot of talking in the past about how he has more stories planned for Gotham after his current arc, 'Superheavy.'

Snyder has also said that he has an out-of-continuity Joker story planned as well as a Wonder Woman story. From the sounds of it, when Capullo returns will be when his biggest work commences, so fans of his work shouldn't want to miss it.  

The Snyder and Capullo run on Batman will no doubt be looked back on as a historical event in Batman comics. They've spent over 50 issues together tackling some of the biggest events to take place in the Batman mythos to date: the first year of Batman, the introduction of the Court of Owls, the death of both Batman and the Joker, and the introduction of Jim Gordon as the new Caped Crusader of Gotham (though he doesn't really wear a cape). These weren't just big events, they were big events that were written and drawn with extreme virtuosity.

So who's going to take their place after issue #51? There hasn't been any details given as of yet, but the situation could be likened to asking: "who wants to be the Joker after Heath Ledger?" Everyone knows that Leto is going to have to be some kind of perfect in order to make a real impact in the role after how well Ledger performed in 'The Dark Knight.' Likewise, whoever comes on the title next better have quite the story to tell, or they'll suffer terribly from comparisons to Snyder and Capullo's run.  

Right now, the duo are telling the tale of Bruce Wayne's return to the cape and cowl after his amnesia following the events of Endgame, and it's been totally amazing. The two will have Bruce back in the cowl and fully reinstated as Batman by issue #50, which is something that all Batfans are no doubt looking forward to. Afterwards, the two will split until their reunion when Capullo finishes his work with Mark Millar. It seems from Snyder's comments that they've got big plans for the future though, so no matter what they've schemed out, it's almost sure to blow readers away.
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