Almost 15 years after it got its first sequel, graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns is getting another: The Dark Knight 3: The Master Race, from comics writer Brian Azzarello and Dark Knight creator Frank Miller himself. As DC Comics in their announcement of Frank Millers return:
“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.”
Miller himself has also commented on his return to the Batman comics, saying:
“Batman remains my favorite comic book hero and a sequel to Dark Knight is going to be daunting, but we’ll do our best.”
He also took to Twitter for the first time in almost four years to break the announcement.
I hope that by now my silence is deafening pic.twitter.com/4E0xi4LHju
— Frank Miller (@FrankMillerInk) April 24, 2015
Dan DiDio and Jim Lee, Co-Publishers for DC Entertainment, said they are “thrilled” to have Frank Miller on board to create another Batman comic book.
“We are thrilled to have Frank back home at DC writing Batman. 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.”
As of yet, there has been no information given as to when The Dark Knight 3: The Master Race will be released. Neither DC Comics or nor Frank Miller have given any indication as to who will be illustrating the book.
Luke Luby is a journalist currently based in Cork, Ireland. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a Higher Diploma in English. For the last several years, he has been writing for a number of different publications.