It may be the best news for DC Comics fans in a long time. DC Comics has announced that Frank Miller will complete the Dark Knight trilogy with The Dark Knight III: The Master Race. Miller is going to co-write the series in eight-issue along with Brian Azzarello (Wonder Woman, 100 Bullets). The series is scheduled to make its debut in Fall 2015. Azzarello has given an assurance that they have created “an epic story that these characters truly deserve.”
Batman’s on-screen characterization in the ’80s changed as a result of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns comic miniseries. The miniseries was published in 1986. Miller penned a sequel series, The Dark Knight Strikes Again, in the year 2001-2002. He will again be revisiting the Dark Knight mythos with a new series.
Miller said that returning to the Dark Knight series will be “daunting, but we’ll do our best.” The writer also responded to the news on Twitter by posting a teaser poster for The Dark Knight III: The Master Race.
It has been nearly three decades since Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns was published. The Dark Knight III: The Master Race is likely to tie in with Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice which debuts next year. Ben Affleck’s Batman is going to be an older and a way too battle-weary superhero. This is influenced by the seasoned character in The Dark Knight Returns.
Batman has had several iterations on the screen. Multiple actors have played the superhero. Adam West portrayed the Batman in In the 1960s. In the ’80s and ’90s, Batman got darker. Since then, Bruce Wayne has returned with his alter ego in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy and will again be seen in next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.