Scott Snyder Will Tell One Last Joker Story
In the past, Scott Snyder has said some worrisome things about the possibility of never telling another Joker story, but that's all changing now.
Snyder has been the main author of DC's monthly Batman title ever since the New 52 reboot back in 2011, and also did some work with the Caped Crusader in Detective Comics before the reboot took place. He's a fan favorite author, and so the idea that he would never write the Joker again after the latest Batman arc, Endgame, was definitely worrying for many. Now, however, Snyder has gone on the record stating that he has one more story to tell.
Snyder has written two Batman arcs at this point in which the Joker was featured as the main antagonist. The first, Death of the Family, was a twisted story in which the Clown Prince of Crime recreated some of his most infamous jokes with new twists added in. It also featured the kidnapping of the Bat Family, as the Joker made an attempt on their lives (hence the name of the arc). Most recently, Snyder featured the character in his Endgame storyline - an arc that came to a stunning conclusion, leaving both Batman and the Joker lying dead beside one another.
Another Joker story from Snyder is definitely something that fans want to hear. The fact that it's going to take place out of continuity? Even better. This should give Snyder absolute freedom to tell a story of his designing without the restrictions of the characters' histories, which heavily influences what can and cannot be done with them in the main continuity.
This announcement came out on the same day as Batman #43 - an issue which dealt with the return of Bruce Wayne after the Endgame arc, and it detailed the specifics of how exactly he's even alive at this point. Currently, he has no memory of ever being the Bat or of any of the training he's went through. Jim Gordon has taken on the mantle of Batman since Bruce's recent disappearance, but he's been having some challenges along the way.
In case fans have already gotten tired of Jim Gordon as Batman (but how could they when half of his story is so clearly about Bruce's return?), the recent arc will be taking a bit of a break at issue #44, which will deal with flashbacks from the moments succeeding Zero Year. The famed Brian Azzarello will be co-writing it, and Jock, who has worked with Snyder before on Batman: Black Mirror, will be on pencils. It's sure to be an issue that shouldn't be missed.
Snyder has promised to stay on the monthly Batman title, at least until issue 50. At that point, he and Greg Capullo (the artist who has been with Snyder every step of the way since the reboot) will have to decide whether they want to stay on for another story or depart to work on something else. Either way, they've already had a good, hard run, and it seems that their time with Batman may be closer to the finish than the start. It'll be a sad day for fans of the series when Snyder leaves; they can only hope that whoever comes next will be able to offer something equally as gripping and entertaining as what Snyder and Capullo have.