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TOM KING: BATMAN #75 Will Change the Dark Knight ‘Maybe Forever’

Batman #71
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Batman writer Tom King has made no secret of his proposed 100-issue roadmap for the title and character, but that path is about to hit a bump in Batman #75 that could change the Dark Knight “maybe forever.”

“It’s something that’s going to change the character for a generation, or maybe more. Maybe forever,” King told The Hollywood Reporter. “I never thought we’d get this kind of stuff approved; when you’re working with a corporate character, you think you’re going to have to reset. But this is a change that’s going to shake the world of Batman and it’s going to leave my mark on the character.”

Whatever shocker King is foreshadowing, it’s likely got something to do with Bane, his arch-nemesis who has been pulling the strings on Batman’s downfall for much of King’s run. The series’ next arc – kicking off in Batman #75 – is “City of Bane,” and according to King, it will bring Batman “to his lowest point.”

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“‘City of Bane’ is eight issues, and then it extends another five after that, in a kind of aftermath story. And then we start the coda, which will be the last, say, 15 issues or so,” King explained. “If you’ve been reading Batman all this time, God bless you, but I’ve been torturing you for the last six months to a year. I’ve been tearing Batman down all that time. ‘City of Bane’ is Batman getting off the ground, saying, ‘I’m still here,’ it’s the turning point. We’ve reached the low point, now it’s time for Batman to come back and show you why he’s Batman. Maybe that won’t be in the traditional way, but it’ll show you why Batman matters.”

And that one big, monumental twist isn’t the only significant thing King has in store for Batman. According to the writer, he’s got something unprecented planned to wrap up his long-term story.

“Beyond that — and this is recent — I’ve been talking to, not just DC, but Warner Brothers and AT&T. What we’re going to do for the last 15 issues is something no one’s ever seen for the character. It’s something that’s going to change the character for a generation, or maybe more. Maybe forever. I never thought we’d get this kind of stuff approved; when you’re working with a corporate character, you think you’re going to have to reset. But this is a change that’s going to shake the world of Batman and it’s going to leave my mark on the character. So that’s coming. [Laughs] All I have to do is land it.”

The next issue, Batman #71, is due out May 15.

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