DC Comics' big 2017 summer event has been revealed as Dark Nights: Metal by Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, and FCO. Newsarama first broke word of the event back in October 2016, and Sunday at Fan Expo Dallas the full details on the plot, which will "encompass the full expanse of the DC Universe."
“I’ve been planning Metal for as long as I’ve been writing Batman,” said Snyder. “But this is bigger than Batman. Greg and I started dropping clues during 'Court of Owls,' we continued through our Joker stories and we placed our biggest hints in the run that culminated with Batman #50. And now we’re back to tell a story that breaks everything apart. This will be the definitive project of our careers. Metal takes us in an entirely new direction. Greg and I will dig beneath the surface of all the stories we’ve told to find a place of terror and twisted nightmares.”
The previously-announced Dark Days specials in June and July will act as a lead-in to Dark Nights: Metal, which begins in August and will run for an undetermined length.
“As you've probably heard by now, brother Scott and I are renewing our comic wedding vows,” sid Capullo. "I'm looking forward to rock’n’ and roll’n’ together again. Fans have been loud and clear; they want more from us. You know what they say; give the people what they want. Jonathan Glapion and FCO, the original Bat team, will be riding the lightning with Scott and I once again. We're primed and ready to blow it up.”
DC co-Publisher Dan DiDio sai that while it leans into the strength of Snyder and Capullo's previous work together, Dark Nights: Metal will "launch something new and unexpected."
"We’re pushing the world’s finest heroes in new, unexplored directions to tell a giant story, using all the characters in our pantheon," said DiDio.
In press release, DC said Dark Nights: Metal will "examine every choice a hero doesn’t take and every path they don’t walk, and open up worlds that are forged by nightmares."
“I want Metal to be built upon the stories happening now in Rebirth and create new material that feels really modern and different,” said Snyder. “And above all, it’s going to be fun. Even with terror and nightmares, it won’t be grim. DARK NIGHTS: METAL will be celebratory, huge and crazy. I’ve said it before: I am going for out-of-control dinosaurs and lasers.”