One of DC Comics recent launches focused on on the artistic side of the equation is earning a new writer. Today, the publisher announced via its blog The Source that writer Gregg Hurwitz – known for his thriller novels and TV scripts and recently of the comics mini "Penguin: Pain and Prejudice" – would step on as writer of "Batman: The Dark Knight" with June's issue #10.
Hurwitz will replace writer Paul Jenkins who spoke to CBR last month about his own plans for the title, saying, "The next story arc is really what begins after issue #7, and what happens is we begin to talk about the differences and the similarities between Gordon and Batman when the screws are applied." Artist David Finch will continue on the best-selling series as Hurwitz's story from issue #10 on focuses mostly on the resurgence of villain the Scarecrow.
"Okay. So this is the job I’ve been waiting to get since I was eight years old. I’m thrilled to be tackling one of the world’s greatest characters with one of the industry’s greatest artists,” Hurwitz told The Source. “Finch and I are very fired up to take the Batman into dark and dangerous new terrain, presenting a story that’ll be epic and sweeping and juuust a little bit twisted. We’re gonna see a cornerstone villain from a whole new angle, too. I’ve always been fascinated by Jonathan Crane—not just what makes him tick, but what could have happened in his past to make him obsessed with fear at the expense of all else. And perhaps that particular obsession isn’t so different from the demons that drive the Dark Knight.
"As I discovered when writing 'Penguin: Pain and Prejudice' – Batman fits uniquely with the villains in his rogue’s gallery. They are two sides of the same coin, yin and yang, ego and shadow. But in some cases, maybe the match is even closer. Maybe instead of ego and shadow, it’s shadow and shadow. Maybe when Batman looks in the mirror, the Scarecrow’s face is looking out. We’re used to Batman teaching his villains a lesson, but this time the Scarecrow might have something to teach Batman, too. Right now, I’m knee deep in straw and burlap, trying to stitch together a tale I hope you’ll find familiar yet new, a twist on a classic. It’s gonna get bumpy and scary and bit unhinged, so buckle up for the ride."
Stay tuned to CBR for more on "Batman: The Dark Knight" as it becomes available.