The creators who have led DC Comics' "Batman" title to epic stories and high sales since the launch of the publisher's New 52 relaunch are finally telling the origin of the new Dark Knight in the eleven-part tale. And though the break from traditional Batman origin "Year One" may give pause to some diehard fans - and some anxiety for Snyder himself - the pair speak of their story as one that's ambitious to a fault.
CBR News spoke with both the writer and artist ahead of the story's launch in June 12's "Batman" #21, and both Snyder and Capullo described their desire to shake up the early days of the superhero. "Zero Year" will not only feature the training and launch of Bruce Wayne's vigilante career, it'll also focus in on Batman mainstays like the Red Hood gang - who may or may not lead to the debut of the Joker by story's end - and Harvey Dent back when he wore one face. But whatever way the pieces mash together, both creators are looking to do the same thing they do with every Batman epic: go big or go home.
So when you open the book and read those first five pages, I hope you see what we're going for.
Snyder: [Laughs] Right. I want you to say, "This might not be 'Year One,' but it's going to be a hell of a ride."
Now I just have this image in my mind of the two of you like Thelma and Louise, driving the Batmobile off a cliff and yelling "I regret nothing!" [Laughter]
"Batman" #21, part one of "Zero Year," is in stores on June 12 from DC Comics.