1:56pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Frank Miller Announces Fourth 'Dark Knight' Series Ahead of Launch of Third
The Dark Knight is set to return one more time.
Ahead of this month's launch of DC Entertainment's Dark Knight III: The Master Race, writer/artist Frank Miller has reportedly revealed that he's working on a fourth series set in the future timeline he created with 1986's seminal The Dark Knight Returns.
Miller told Newsarama.com that what had been referred to as a trilogy — with 2001 series The Dark Knight Strikes Again as the middle chapter — has apparently been expanded. "I thoroughly applaud what [Brian Azzarello, Miller's co-writer on Dark Knight III is] doing," said Miller, "but now that he's doing his [story], it's now a four-part series. I'm doing the fourth."
The apparent expansion is a surprise, but not entirely unexpected; beyond the main Dark Knight III series, DC will also be releasing Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade, co-written by Miller and Azzarello with art by John Romita Jr., a one-off comic book filling in backstory from the original 1986 miniseries, suggesting a willingness to expand the series.
When contacted by THR, DC Entertainment declined to comment.
The first issue of the eight-issue Dark Knight III: The Master Race will be released Nov. 25.