There were rumors it was in the works, but today Frank Miller revealed on Twitter with the words “I hope that by now my silence is deafening, that a third and concluding part to his The Dark Knight saga is on the way.
DC Comics confirmed The Dark Knight III: The Master Race will debut in the fall of 2015 as an eight-issue bi-weekly title. However unlike 1986’s iconic The Dark Knight Returns and its polarizing 2001-2002 follow-up The Dark Knight Strikes Again, Miller will not provide the artwork and stick to story duties. He will collaborate on the limited series with writer Brian Azzarello.
“Batman remains my favorite comic book hero and a sequel to Dark Knight is going to be daunting,” Miller said in DC’s press release, “but we’ll do our best.”
I hope that by now my silence is deafening pic.twitter.com/4E0xi4LHju
I hope that by now my silence is deafening— Frank Miller (@FrankMillerInk) April 24, 2015
Next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is taking a heavy helping of story inspiration from The Dark Knight Returns, which will be nearing its 30th Anniversary. So it’s a good time to have a second follow-up to conclude the run.
Here is DC’s press release:
DC Entertainment announced today that bestselling, iconic Batman writer and artist Frank Miller will write the epic conclusion of the celebrated THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS saga.
The “THE DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE” is the sequel to Miller’s 1986 classic THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS – heralded by TIME Magazine as one of the 10 greatest graphic novels of all time – and its 2001-2002 follow-up series BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN.
Miller will be joined by acclaimed writer Brian Azzarello (100 BULLETS, JOKER, and WONDER WOMAN) on the eight-issue comic book periodical, to be published twice a month under the DC Comics imprint. Marking the 30th anniversary of THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS original series, this periodical is slated for publication beginning in late Fall 2015.
“Batman remains my favorite comic book hero and a sequel to Dark Knight is going to be daunting,” said Miller, “but we’ll do our best.”
“We are thrilled to have Frank back home at DC writing Batman,” according to Dan DiDio and Jim Lee, Co-Publishers for DC Entertainment. “The story he and Brian have crafted is an astounding and triumphant conclusion to this seminal body of work which influenced and shaped generations of readers and creators alike.”
According to Azzarello, “It’s been an amazing experience collaborating with Frank these past six months. I think we have an epic story that these characters truly deserve.”
Artists for the project have yet to be announced.