It was this time last year that Bleeding Cool first told you that Tom King was being booted from Batman with #85. Then that he would continue what would have been his run until around Batman #105 with a 12 issue series, Batman/Catwoman, drawn by Clay Mann. This was later all confirmed and scheduled for the beginning of this year. Well, that didn't happen, and people have been wondering about its continued absence in DC Comics solicitations after shutdown, with no sign in their August 2020 solicitations. Well, you may have to wait even longer, current expectations for launch are for Christmas this year. So while we wait, why not take a look at what we have so far?
As to what it may contain… there is the generational change. Could this have been an early tease for 5G?
"I've been talking to, not just DC, but Warner Brothers and AT&T. What we're going to do for the last 15 issues is something no one's ever seen for the character. It's something that's going to change the character for a generation, or maybe more. Maybe forever. I never thought we'd get this kind of stuff approved; when you're working with a corporate character, you think you're going to have to reset. But this is a change that's going to shake the world of Batman and it's going to leave my mark on the character."
"The original plan was to reach the end of the conflict part of the arc around the mid-80s, and then do issues of more villain-of-the-month stuff, which I never got much to do much in Batman. And it would be Batman and Catwoman together, falling back in love."
Then there was the interview where he was the first DC Comics creator to confirm 5G's planned existence.
"It's about a 50-year relationship between Batman and Catwoman from the moment they met until the moment they die and what that relationship does to them over all these years. It's huge… If you liked that issue [Batman Annual #2], that tone of things, being able to pull back the camera and so far you can see the whole lives or so close you can see one moment, that's what it's gonna be about."
Look forward to a Christmas present from them both.