DC Entertainment announced today that comics legend Frank Miller is returning to Batman to write the next installment of what can now be regarded as comics' Dark Knight trilogy, The Dark Knight III: The Master Race. Due out this fall, the series will help mark the 30th anniversary of the classic The Dark Knight Returns, and will surely help set the stage for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which hits theaters next March.
"Batman remains my favorite comic book hero and a sequel to Dark Knight is going to be daunting," said Miller in the official statement, "but we’ll do our best." Miller even took to Twitter for the first time in five years to help ring in the occasion:
Eisner Award-winning writer Brian Azzarello will co-write the new series.
The timing for the announcement couldn't be more perfect, since Frank Miller's importance to pop culture is seemingly on the rise. Netflix's new Daredevil series drew considerably from his run on the character, and earned critical acclaim in the process. Meanwhile, Batman v. Superman very clearly takes its aesthetic and tone from The Dark Knight Returns. However, there's still every reason to be wary of this new effort. The Dark Knight Strikes Again, the original sequel to Miller's classic Batman story, was a critical failure (along with much of his work since the early '90s). And having The Master Race in the title does nothing to silence critics who've for years decried the racism in his work. (Holy Terror, anyone?) Fans will just have to wait and see how Miller's final take on the Caped Crusader pans out.