Just under a month ago DC delighted fans with the announcement that a new 12-issue Batman/Catwoman series from Tom King and Clay Mann would be arriving in January 2020.
DC’s editor-in-chief Bob Harras shared that the start of the changes to the Batfamily line would begin with ‘City of Bane,’ “an incredible story and an integral part of our overall ‘Year of the Villain’ campaign.” And now thanks to an interview with Tom King from EW, fans received their first look at ‘City of Bane’ artwork and hear King’s thoughts on the upcoming project.
“What you’ll see in issue #75 is that Batman went everywhere looking for strength, and couldn’t find it. Instead he finds her,” said King to EW. “So together they have to see if they can rebuild what they were in order to fight Bane. That’s the ultimate journey, with the question that everyone wants to know: Can Batman be happy? And is Batman’s happiness a source of strength or weakness?”
“Batman’s gone through something since [#50],” King says. “Why ‘Knightmares’ was such an important arc to me is it was all about him getting to that point where he realizes the reason she left was not because of what Joker whispered to her [in #49] but she was seeing a weakness in him. She was seeing his fear that he doesn’t love her. So it’s them meeting with him sort of knowing this and him being like, ‘Can I love you?’ It sounds like corny romance comics, but I don’t mind corny romance comics every once in a while.”
King continues, “When he turns to Catwoman, will that be a moment of strength or weakness? Will that be a moment of triumph or conflict?”
“I’m working on a DCU movie now (New Gods with Ava DuVernay) and a secret TV show thing that hasn’t been announced,” said King. “DC was kind enough to see that doing all that and a twice-monthly Batman would be tough. So they divided the Batman book into two monthly books, Batman and Batman/Catwoman. Bat/Cat will complete this epic story we’ve been telling and lead to this game-changing moment I’ve been hinting at. Batman will…well, I can’t tell you, but it’s very cool. But, because of the beats that will be handled in Batman, I have more room for my storylines in Bat/Cat, which means that the twelve issues can cover all of the story that was part of the original plan.”
King continued, “I used to think Batman #100 was the biggest book I’d ever write. Now it’s Bat/Cat #12. Same issue, same artist, same impact, different name–slightly different.”
The reunion between Batman and Catwoman begins in Batman #75, on sale July 17, 2019. Tony S. Daniel’s Bane-heavy covers for Batman #75 and #76 are available to view below.
Daniel’s Bat/Cat cover for August’s Batman #78 can be viewed above, along with Clay Mann’s Bat/Cat cover for issue #79.
Lastly, and perhaps most exciting, Tom King shared yesterday that The Phantasm from the 1993 animated film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, will be making in appearance in Batman/Catwoman.