Batman #10On the eve of DC's release of Batman #10, Scott Snyder is loving all the guesses that fans are making about tomorrow's reveal about who's behind the Court of Owls.
Snyder and artist Greg Capullo have taken Batman to the top of the DC sales chart with "The Court of Owls," a storyline that's been running since the book was relaunched with the DC Universe in September 2011. In May, the storyline spilled into most of the other Batman comics that DC publishes.
But this week's Batman #10 will finally reveal who's behind the whole thing. And while Snyder is relishing the guesses he's seen, he isn't willing to give very many hints about who is revealed as the "big bad."
Then again, he will confirm that it isn't Bat-Mite.Batman #10, pg. 2 Later this week, Newsarama will be checking back with Snyder after tomorrow's big reveal in Batman #10. But on the eve of that issue's publication, we talked to the writer about what's coming up as the Court of Owls story winds down in issues #10 and #11.
Newsarama: Scott, now that we've gotten past the Batman Annual and everything that happened in the "Night of the Owls," why is Batman #10 so important?
Scott Snyder: Batman #10 is the issue that we've been waiting for, all of us on the team. This is what all of us have been working on, more than any other issue, because this is the one where someone will step out from behind the Court and say, "I am the face that you now will see when you think of every terrible thing that has happened to you in this story. I'm the one that is taking on the mantle of the Owl to face you."
Nrama: We knew this was coming, and a lot of people have been guessing who the mastermind is. Have you seen some of the theories?
Snyder: Yeah, and I get so excited when I see theories online about who is going to be behind the Court of the Owls. I've tried to "retweet" [on Twitter] any of the theories that I've seen. And I'm not going to say whether they're right or wrong. One of them may be right. But one of the most popular ones is that it's Alfred, and he's going to reveal himself to have been part of the Court of Owls all along. The other big one is that Martha and Thomas are alive and that they're in the Court of Owls. And that Martha's the old lady that you saw in the labyrinth in the wheelchair. And that's totally vicious in an interesting way. And the third one is that Martha and Thomas were killed by the Owls, so they essentially created Batman themselves.Batman #10, pg. 3 But it makes us so happy and grateful to the readers to see how much time and energy and thought has gone into their thinking about the story. Some of them might have guessed it. And some of them maybe not.
Nrama: You can't even give a hint? Or at least knock down one theory?
Snyder: OK. Well, there's this theory I've seen that Bat-Mite is going to appear. I can safely say, actually, and this may be a spoiler, but that's totally incorrect. Bat-Mite will not appear and be behind everything.
Another big theory is that I will appear in the issue and be a member of the Court of Owls, like I'll pull something like a classic Grant Morrison and write myself into it. That will also not happen.Batman #10, pg. 4 But other than those, anything is fair game.
Nrama: How does the ending of Court of Owls play out? This week's #10 isn't the ending quite yet, is it?
Snyder: Court of Owls really wraps in issue #11. Issue #10 gives the big surprise, the big reveal, the big villain. And then #11 is the real climax. It's the real showdown between this villain and Bruce. It also shows the echo of how this story is going to play out emotionally and psychologically for Bruce and other members of the Bat-family as well, into the next year of Batman. There are things that are going to reverberate through the Bat mythology for awhile.
Nrama: Sometimes when I talk to writers about this, I'm afraid we're over-hyping the comic. But you've been building this story for awhile and it sounds like this is pretty important?
Snyder: Yeah, this really is the game-changer issue. Batman #10 is what we've been building toward since issue #1, and it continues into issue #11. I really feel like these are two of the best issues I've ever done.Batman #10, pg. 5 And we've tried to put clues in there for you to guess it, and we couldn't be more proud or excited about it. This is the issue that means everything to us on team Batman. We really really hope you like it. We just couldn't be more eager to hear what you think.
Nrama: We just saw sales figures from May and the event seemed to have done remarkably well.
Snyder: Yeah, I could do a whole interview saying thank you over and over and over again and I still would feel like I haven't said it enough, for the people who have invested in this story and have believed in it from the first issue.The truth of the matter is, it wasn't a safe thing on our part. Greg Capullo and Mike Marts and I talked about this before #1 came out: Are we really going to do a year-long story with no arcs, that's just one issue building to the next issue building to the next issue? It was risky, but this was a story that needed to be punishingly relentless, with issue after issue of the Court coming after Bruce and hammering him and taking away his confidence and just beating him down. There had to be room for that. DC was incredibly generous about letting us do it that way.
So there's no way for me to thank the fans enough for sticking with this story for all these issues. I'm so grateful, and so is Greg and everybody else on team Batman.
Check back with Newsarama after the release of issue #10 for our discussion with Snyder about the revealed villain behind the Court of Owls story, and what else is coming up in Batman.
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