By Michael Doran
posted: 06 June 2011 09:34 am ET
UPDATE 7 4:55pm ET: Just to clear the air and answer the questions, DC has announced Grant Morrison's Batman, Incorporated will return with a new #1 in early 2012.
“Batman, Incorporated will continue through to Issue #10 and August’s shocking season finale that changes the Batman status quo yet again. The series will take a brief hiatus while I work on a major new project to be announced shortly. Batman, Incorporated returns next year with me, Chris Burnham and Batman: Leviathan, the epic 12 part conclusion to my 6 year Batman saga. Don’t miss it!”
"This September, join with us in this historic moment when the first black character to wear the Batman mantle will be the first to star in his own ongoing series. BATWING will be written by Judd Winick and illustrated by Ben Oliver."
Says DC: "After a tenure as the Batman of Gotham, Dick Grayson resumes his mantle as Nightwing! As Dick embraces his identity, Haley’s Circus, the big top where he once performed with his family, returns to Gotham - bringing with it a history of murder, mystery and superhuman evil. Nightwing must confront friends and enemies from his past as he searches for the source of an even greater evil."
"Batman’s former sidekick had put his past as The Red Hood behind him, when the reclusive Jason Todd finds himself unwillingly elected as the leader of an all-new team of outlaw vigilantes.
"As The Red Hood once again, Jason Todd will lead this new team of antiheroes, including Green Arrow’s rejected sidekick Arsenal and Starfire, a former prisoner of intergalactic war.
"RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS will be written by Scott Lobdell and illustrated by rising superstar artist Kenneth Rocafort."
UPDATE 4 2:25pm ET: DC has released the following statement from writer Gail Simone regarding her upcoming Batgirl title ... yes, it will star Barbara Gordon.
"Barbara Gordon is pretty much my everything," writes Simone. "Because of the Batman TV show, she was the reason I fell in love with superheroes. Because she was a redhead who could kick ass, she is the reason I fell in love with comics. She was always forward-looking as Batgirl, a girl who was smarter than the male characters, who had class and elegance and style, as well as tough-as-nails grit. For a long time, there was simply nothing else like her in comics, and for me and a lot of other readers, her every appearance was joyful and explosive.
"For many years, I got to write the character as Oracle, and there is to this day, no character who means more to me. This is classic Barbara as she was originally conceived, with a few big surprises. It’s a bit of a shock, to be sure, but we’re doing everything we can to be respectful to this character’s amazing legacy, while presenting something thrilling that a generation of comics readers will be experiencing for the first time...
"...Barbara Gordon leaping, fighting, and swinging over Gotham. Now, when citizens of that city look up, they are going to see BATGIRL.
"And that is absolutely thrilling.”
UPDATE 3 1:25pm ET: Batgirl by Gail Simone confirmed, along with 3 other "Women of Gotham City" titles. Here's DC:
"The highly-anticipated new series from the multiple award-winning creative team of J.H. Williams III, Haden Blackman and Amy Reeder begins in BATWOMAN #1.
" Batgirl’s going to have to face the city’s most horrifying new villains as well as dark secrets from her past in BATGIRL #1, the stunning debut issue from fan-favorite writer Gail Simone and artists Ardian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes.
"Meet Catwoman. She’s addicted to the night. Addicted to shiny objects. Addicted to Batman. Most of all, Catwoman is addicted to danger. She can’t help herself, and the truth is – she doesn’t want to. She’s good at being bad, and very bad at being good. Find out more about what makes Catwoman tick in CATWOMAN #1, written by Judd Winick and illustrated by Guillem March.
" The Birds of Prey are Gotham City’s covert ops team, taking down the villains other heroes can’t touch. Mystery novelist ands comics writer Duane Swierczynski teams up with Jesus Saiz for BIRDS OF PREY #1, the first issue of the hard-hitting new series."
Update 2, 12:30p, ET: Newsarama is hearing strong chatter that DC indeed has plans to launch a new Batgirl ongoing series starring Barbara Gordon. Gail Simone has been suggested as a strong possibilty to write the series.
Newsarama has been unable to confirm this information with DC Monday morning.
Original story: The start of the business week brings another round of reveals from DC Entertainment about the titles and creative teams for their new "revamped" line-up beginning in September 2011. Monday morining offers fans a look at the DCnU creative teams for flagship titles Detective Comics and Batman.
"In the first BATMAN #1 since 1930, New York Times bestselling writer Scott Snyder teams up with superstar artist Greg Capullo in his DC Comics debut! In the series, Bruce Wayne once again becomes the only character taking on the Batman name.
"DC Comics’ flagship title is relaunched for the first time ever in DETECTIVE COMICS #1 by acclaimed writer/artist Tony Daniel. Marking the first time Batman will appear in a debut issue of Detective Comics, the series will find Bruce Wayne on the trail of a dangerous serial killer known only as the Gotham Ripper."
Two other Batman titles have been confirmed by DC to be returning in September: Batman and Robin by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason, and writer/artist David Finch's Batman: The Dark Knight with help on art from Jay Fabok.
Tomasi and Gleason, who formerly worked together on Green Lantern Corps, were already announced as the regular creative team on Batman and Robin last year, although their run was delayed and ended up only lasting three issues. They'll launch the new title with Bruce Wayne as Batman and his son Damian as Robin, protecting Gotham City as father and son."
"This is the first time we're seeing Bruce Wayne and his son Damian acting as a team, together, as Batman and Robin. Previously, it had been just a father/son role or mentor and student, but this is the first time they are actually working together as a team," DC's Batman editor Mike Marts comics told the website IGN. "That's going to be very interesting because here you have a family dynamic of father and son who have the most unique relationship, and not the most perfect of relationships. That will provide for a lot of interesting stories."
"I think that's what I'm most excited about, is drawing Arkham Asylum," Finch told Newsarama about the title last month. "There are some great visuals, and there are a lot of villains who are off the street right now, that I can take advantage of for a while before we put them back in their cells."
Finch's title had already launched with a new #1 issue in December 2010, but delays plagued the series, with a second issue not shipping until March and the third issue expected later this month. But Finch was doing art alone at that time. July's Issue #4 and August's #5 will feature art by Fabok, who calls Finch his "mentor." The fifth issue will apparently wrap up that title's first story arc to make room for the new #1 story. Finch told Newsarama that he's dedicated to continuing the series on a monthly basis with "temporary" help from Fabok.
IGN teased more Batman Family news later on Monday. A few thumbnail images, found on this page might hold some clues as to the remaining titles to be revealed today, including Batwoman, perhaps Catwoman, and is that... could it be..?
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