TOM KING Explains Why BATMAN/CATWOMAN Pushed Back on DC's Schedule

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Batman/Catwoman writer Tom King has offered an explaination why the series was pushed off its originally-announced January 2020 launch.

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"While working on the initial issues of Bat/Cat, Clay Mann and I started to realize we might have something good here, a Mister Miracle or a Vision in the world of Batman, an attempt to do what [Frank Miller] did with [Dark Knight Returns], a defining of the character," King tweeted. "But to accomplish something that ambitious requires a minimizing of compromises. DKR did not have fill-in artists. So Clay offered to do the whole thing, at 22 pages, but he’d of course need time. When the best artist in comics says 'let’s do it right,' you don’t say no."

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"But all that means that Bat/Cat is pushed back a bit, which is why it’s not in the January solicits," King added. "The first scripts are in; Clay’s drawing them now; they look gorgeous; I, hopefully like you, can’t wait for this one to be out. Thank you all for your patience."

King later confirmed to Newsarama that the original plan was for Bat/Cat to include guest artists, but the schedule change should allow Mann to draw the entire series.

"We’d planned to do it like we had Heroes in Crisis, with guest artists telling parts of the story along the way," King told Newsarama. "Now it’ll all be one thing."

Neither King nor DC have announced when they now expect Batman/Catwoman to debut.

Editor's Note: The story has been updated with additional comments by King.

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