Cover by Frank Miller (yay)
After remaining pathologically tight lipped during their NYCC media appearances—even a small “elite” media only press event—Dark Knight III constructors Brian Azzarello and Andy Kubert spill the beans on the big plot twist of the event comic’s first issue in an interview at CBR. And the story element is in fact the one that I heard was the genesis for the entire storyline. And would have made a nice surprise for those reading the story. I’m curious as to why DC didn’t even try to keep it under wraps. I guess they knew that it would be spoiled and wanted to get ahead of it?
Or Frank Miller was going to blab about it? “Media theft” partner Bleeding Cool ran a spoiler story by quoting this French language interview with Miller from the obscure French publication Le Monde*** from the Paris ComiCon without linking to it, but Miller didn’t mention the issue #1 plot twist probably because he knew that would spoil the whole fun of the story.
This is why we can’t have nice things, people. The story is actually a logical conclusion to the saga, and would have been nice to read in context.
Okay, okay. Next question. The subtitle for “DKIII” is “The Master Race,” which obviously conjures up notions of Nazi ideology. What can you share about the “Master Race” as it pertains to this story?
Azzarello: It’s meant to provoke, and it looks like it’s working.
Kubert: Again, you will definitely see how the title fits into the story when you read the series.
The offspring of Wonder Woman and Superman would certainly qualify as a master race, and we see both of them in this first issue. “The Dark Knight Returns” and “DK2” both heavily featured Batman’s super friends. Green Arrow, specifically, has played a major role in these series. Can you give us a tease of which other Justice League members, beyond Wonder Woman and Superman, will be featured in “DKIII”?
Azzarello: It won’t be Martian Manhunter. He is dead.
Interestingly, Azzarello and Kubert still don’t really talk about the theme of the book, which would seem to be safer territory. Maybe that’s being saved for a reveal at Buzzfeed or somewhere. Miller does allow that Batman is a revolutionary anarchist and the Master Race of the title refers to the Kryptonians who are trapped in the bottled city go Kandor, so you can see where this might so.
DC also released some new covers for DKIII Book 2. ***BTW that was sarcasm as Le Monde is the biggest newspaper in France.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.