The excitement over Dark Knight III: The Master Race has been mixed at best. Brian Azzarello is supposed to be working with Frank Miller on this story. Until Newsarama confirmed in an interview that Frank Miller is working on The Dark Knight IV. Miller says that he’s seen what Azzarello is up to with Dark Knight III but the story is all Azzarello’s. When Miller saw what Azzarello was up to it spurred him to make Dark Knight IV. Miller is waiting to read Azzarello’s Dark Knight III before he starts work on his own story. Now Dark Knight III is a four part story and then at some point we’ll get Frank Miller’s Dark Knight IV. Wow, comic book life is sure getting weird huh?
Dark Knight III is DC’s big event story with Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello, the hype machine is in full swing. Now we have Dark Knight IV being the official return of Frank Miller to Batman. I can imagine some are more curious that Azzarello is doing Dark Knight III on his own now. Yet I can already see people not wanting to get Dark Knight IV when Miller releases the series. Yet with both series, there is curiosity no matter what the creative team or teams are.
The reason why I’m making this a Thought Process is because well, it is Frank Miller. I loved the Dark Knight Returns back in the day. Heck when I was getting back into comics it was another of the early books I bought way back when. The Dark Knight Strikes Back was well…strange but I plan on re-reading it soon and that’ll be an adventure in its own right. People are going to check out Dark Knight III and in a weird way they may want to read it more without Miller’s involvement, yes that’s weird but comics are weird. The Dark Knight series without Miller for one part of the journey will be strange but it is going to go over huge. Most people are going to see Dark Knight and grab it because now Miller is coming back for his own bit in Dark Knight once more.
We’ll see what happens when The Dark Knight III comes out in a couple weeks. I can see this whole situation increasing interest in the long haul. I may be wrong but this is a Thought Process and totally opinion anyway. So if I’m wrong then I’m wrong, no harm no foul from me. I may end up checking out Dark Knight III anyway because it should be a good read. I can’t even lie, I’m curious about Frank Miller’s Dark Knight IV and want to see how it’ll turn out.
Let me know your thoughts on the story in the comments below. Time to talk and have a good chat about this for awhile. When Frank Miller is involved in anything, life gets that much more fascinating in the process.
Syfy is in the mood for adapting comics right now, they’re not playing around in setting up the future for their network that’s for sure. I’m just going to link the Comic Book Resources page as they collect all the announcements in one area so you can see more info that way, check out more details here on that front. I’m just blown away that Syfy is adapting Ronin, Pax Romana, Clone, and Letter 44, that’s a powerful push to show that Syfy means business. I’ve read all of Ronin and it’s one of my favorite Frank Miller pieces, mostly because of how different it is. That Syfy is looking towards making this a miniseries is perfect, should translate well to a TV audience and if Syfy doesn’t screw this up should be a fun ride. Yes if you already can’t tell, I’m looking forward to seeing what Syfy does with Ronin, I really hope it turns out well.
I can’t really say much to Clone or Letter 44, I haven’t read enough of them to say either way what my opinion is on those. I’ve read one issue of Clone and one issue of Letter 44. I’ve been hearing better things about Clone because the first issue was a little underwhelming for me, sounds like the series gets better as it goes on. Letter 44, I read the first issue and then sadly lost track of the series, my own fault on that one. From either one though and in the little bit I’ve read, they’re TV friendly ideas. I can see why Syfy went after them because they look like they could both go over huge as TV series.
As for Jonathan Hickman’s Pax Romana, I just realized I have the book for that. Now that I know there’s a miniseries on the way for that one, may be a good time to finally read that. As good a time as any to check that book out. This sounds like a great read so I’ll be checking that out as soon as possible. Likely over the weekend, hey could be a fun post idea huh? I think it could be a cool post idea, ah the wonderful things that pop up as you write down stuff online.
I digress though, I love that Syfy is pushing new series. Two new series and two miniseries and Syfy is going to be attracting all sorts of viewers to their network. They’re wanting to get serious about their television and they’re showing everyone that they’re not fooling around. I’m excited to see how this turns out. Syfy thanks for adapting all of the comics and for embracing your roots once more. Bravo Syfy, Bravo.