Having apparently run out of human-sized villains to fight, Batman and company will now face giant kaiju in a six-part story arc from DC Comics.
Because you know you’ve always wanted to see what the Dark Knight would do against giant, city-crushing monsters.
In an interview with GameSpot, writer Steve Orlando and artist Riley Rossmo talked about their upcoming miniseries, inspired by the classic story “Dr. Hugo Strange and the Monsters” from 1940’s Batman #1. “It’s probably going to be one of the maddest and wildest Batman stories in a long time,” said Orlando. “How does Batman, a man who has a plan for everything, deal with catastrophic Toho-style attacks on Gotham City?”
The answer? He gets a little help from his friends.
Nightwing and Batwoman are confirmed to be joining the fight, with other members of the Dark Knight’s “family” sure to make appearances. A threat this large — and this unprecedented — couldn’t be tackled by one man alone, even if that man is the Caped Crusader.
But just how large will that threat be, exactly?
According to Rossmo, the monsters will be varying sizes. “The smallest one is sort of like the queen from Aliens,” he stated. “There’s one kind of like the Slurm Queen in Futurama. The biggest ones are like Godzilla-scale.”
“Night Of The Monster Men” is not the first update of the classic Hugo Strange tale. Matt Wagner’s 2006 miniseries “Batman and the Monster Men” also drew inspiration from the famed story, though the kaiju element is exclusive to the Orlando and Rossmo run.
Coming this September, “Night of the Monster Men” will run for six issues through three different DC titles — Batman, Nightwing, and Detective Comics.
Have we reached a moratorium on “cancelling the apocalypse” jokes? We have? Drat.