Chip Zdarsky and Carmine Di Giandomenico will flesh out the origin of Batman in a new 10-issue series, titled Batman: The Knight.
The series sounds like it follows in the footsteps of the film Batman Begins, which showed Bruce Wayne on the path that would chart the way to him becoming Batman.
“Over the years readers have seen glimpses of this period of his life, but never as its own story, as a proper volume that will, hopefully, stand the test of time on the shelf next to the great markers of his big ol’ bat-journey,” Zdarsky said in his newsletter.
Here’s the description from DC:
The origin of Batman and his never-ending fight against crime in Gotham City is modern mythology, but what about the story in between? How did an angry, damaged young man grow into the most accomplished detective and crime-fighter the world has ever known? How did the Dark Knight…begin? Chip Zdarsky (DAREDEVIL) and Carmine Di Giandomenico (THE FLASH) explore Bruce Wayne’s journey to become Batman in this definitive new series.
“I think issue one may be the best thing I’ve ever written? Bruce Wayne is such a joy to write, and getting to expand on his relationships with Alfred and the world has been supremely satisfying. And I have to tell you, Carmine is a superstar artist. He’s made this a real thing of beauty, rising to the challenge of the many locations and the dark shadow that hangs over Bruce,” Zdarsky said. “A lot of people, upon hearing the news of this mini, were scared (terrified??) that this meant I’d have to give up writing Daredevil. But here’s a secret: I’ve already written seven issues of Batman: The Knight! This has been a long-gestating project and I’m eternally grateful to DC for giving Carmine and myself the time to give this our all.”
The miniseries kicks off on Jan. 18. Here’s a look at some preview art as well as variant covers by the team of Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion, and then Gerald Parel: