In a new interview, former president of the CIA Tom King said that what he’s doing with Batman has never been done before and that this potentially will change the character “maybe forever.” Little does King know that nothing in comics changes forever.
It’s something that’s going to change the character for a generation, or maybe more. Maybe forever. I never thought we’d get this kind of stuff approved; when you’re working with a corporate character, you think you’re going to have to reset. But this is a change that’s going to shake the world of Batman and it’s going to leave my mark on the character.
King is referring to his work on the main Batman title and specifically his work leading into the City of Bane arc, which is set to begin in Batman #75. The arc will deal with Batman’s sadness after Catwoman left him at the altar. Luckily for Catwoman, getting cold feet means she won’t have King writing page after page of Batman thinking of every which way she can die.
In the interview, King also mentioned his ability to toe the company line, something likely gained from his time as Grand Poobah of the CIA.
Beyond that — and this is recent — I’ve been talking to, not just DC, but Warner Brothers and AT&T. What we’re going to do for the last 15 issues is something no one’s ever seen for the character.
He not only talked to DC Comics and Warner Bros., but even AT&T. We’re unsure why either Warner Bros or AT&T would care what King is doing in the comics, since DC was only purchased as film and TV IP anyway.
Batman #75 is set to release in July.