New BATMAN Villain THE DESIGNER Emerges in MARCH 2020 Solicits Preview

Credit: Jorge Jiménez/Tomeu Morey (DC)

While DC's full March 2020 solicitations are still a few days away, Newsarama has received the solicits for that month's Batman issues - and we now know that James Tynion IV's run on the title will introduce a new "mysterious master criminal" named the Designer. (The addition of Jorge Jimenez to the series' rotating art team was announced earlier on Tuesday.)

Alluded to somewhat in the previously-announced story-arc title "Their Dark Designs," the solicits for March 4's Batman #90 confirm it's a 'he' and that he's bringing together Gotham's greatest criminals for "the perfect crime."

Wait... wouldn't Catwoman - whom Batman recently reconnected with - be top on a list of Gotham's greatest criminals? Yes, you are right - according to the solicits, she's privvy to the Designer's "greatest secret."

And while the postponed Batman/Catwoman series is still waiting to be scheduled, that duo will be front-and-center in March's Batman issues - alongside Harley Quinn as well, from the looks of it.

As for the Designer, while he's first mentioned in these March solicits, there's nothing to prevent the Designer from popping up well before then - as Tynion's run begins December 18 with Batman #85.

Here are the solicitations for the two March Batman issues - look for DC's full March solicits later this month at Newsarama.

written by JAMES TYNION IV
art and cover by JORGE JIMENEZ
The mysterious master criminal known only as the Designer once brought together Gotham City’s greatest criminals to plot the perfect crime, and now his plan has been unleashed upon the city in all its might. Batman will go to any length to uncover the grand design, but Catwoman is the one who holds the greatest secret. If Batman wins against the Designer, he will lose everything.
ON SALE 03.04.20
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES


written by JAMES TYNION IV
art and cover by JORGE JIMENEZ
To save Gotham City, Catwoman will have to commit the greatest heist in the city’s history! But hot on her trail are the Penguin, the Riddler, a horde of assassins, and the master criminal called the Designer! And the most dangerous person standing in her way is the man she’s trying to save: Batman. And what complications will his arise from his new sidekick, Harley Quinn?
ON SALE 03.18.20
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES

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