With John Romita Jr. seemingly stepping away from the Superman title (Howard Porter is filling in per recent solicits) for another DC project, many had wondered what might be next for one of the publisher’s biggest acquisitions in recent years.
During the NYCC “Heroes to the Core” panel, DC co-publisher Dan DiDio clarified Romita’s next assignment, a Dark Knight Returns prequel one-shot, written by Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello. DiDio told CBR the following:
So what John’s going to be doing is a 48-page special for February celebrating the 30th anniversary of ‘The Dark Knight,’ which is actually a prequel for ‘The Dark Knight’ book, and then we have plans for John following that.
This special will be published in a one-month break period for The Dark Knight III in February, after the mini-series’ third issue.
For those playing along at home, the Dark Knight chronology may look something like this:
Year One -> All Star Batman and Robin -> Spawn/Batman -> Romita drawn one-shot (??) -> TDK(R) -> TDKSA -> DK3
Though the Spawn/Batman crossover being considered canon may be a little more up in the air. Or perhaps this new prequel will clear all decks before The Dark Knight. We’ll find out soon.