We can now confirm that it’s none other than the caped crusader, Batman! Writer Bryan Q. Miller admits on his personal site that he had to stay mum on this one for quite some time:
I feel like I’ve been sitting on a Christmas present for everyone since January. Here you go. Unwrap away… in 2 months!
Fans have been waiting for this for a VERY long time. As both a fan and a writer, I am more than pleased to announce the arrival of a MAJOR DC universe player in the second episode of Smallville Season 11.
Isn’t his enthusiasm impressive?! The episode will appropriately be called “Detective,” and the DC solicits for the print copies have some interesting information as well, more spoilers ahead:
SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 #5
Written by BRYAN Q. MILLER
Art and cover by CHRISCROSS and MARC DEERING
On sale SEPTEMBER 5 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
• These stories are in print for the first time after appearing online.
• SUPERMAN comes face-to-face with high-tech weapons on the streets of Metropolis.
• The hunt for his parents’ killer puts a vigilante known only as “the BATMAN” on a collision course with The Man of Steel…
I’ve said in the past that Bryan Q. Miller doesn’t disappoint, and I love seeing him prove me right over and over again! Fans of the show have always wanted to see how our Clark Kent/Superman would interact with the Dark Knight, but the closest we ever got to the character involved a couple of mentions of Gotham City, some rumors about an abandoned storyline about an Adam Knight, a few in jokes, and an allusion to “a billionaire with high-tech toys.” Teaser images and unfinished previews of the covers, one for the digital and one for the print issue, include what could be a female version of Robin (Stephanie Brown anyone?) holding what looks like some kind of energy weapon. They also show a potentially very interesting take on the Batman costume. We still have to wait a bit to see exactly how BQM tackles this, but it’s an exciting expansion of the Smallville universe. He’s as good a writer as any in the business now, and this technically isn’t his first Bat-rodeo. Batman appeared in two of his Batgirl issues – the first was as part of a rather unique retelling of recent comic book history, and the second was only a cameo, so it’ll be fun to see what he does with a lot more time with the character. Something I personally love is this plot point about “high-tech weapons on the streets of Metropolis.” I always thought that would have been a great way to introduce Darkseid onto the show – as a shadowy figure manipulating events on Earth by supplying Intergang with alien weapons and technology. It also provides a real threat to Superman, both as something that absolutely requires superhero intervention and as something that could be dangerous to him. I’m not expecting this exact same storyline of course, but perhaps one with similar implications. Either way, the quality of this book and the levels of excitement and suspense never cease to amaze me, I feel just like I did every week back when Smallville was a television show. It appears that the gloves really are off, and the series is moving ahead uninhibited! Judging by the release date of the print copies, Batman and whoever else is on those covers should be appearing in the digital issues sometime in August, but in the meantime new ones are still coming out almost every week!
As always, please buy Smallville, don’t pirate this book. Remember, we vote with our purchasing power, and it only costs 99 cents a chapter to flex your consumer muscle on this one.