It was a surprising piece of news, that Warren Ellis was going to write a two-page story in the Death Metal spinoff comic book Dark Nights: Death Metal Legends of the Dark Knights. Even more so that it would be telling the origin of an evil Bruce Wayne Batman from a Dark Dimension, who had transplanted himself into the body of a robot Tyrannosaurus Rex and went by the name of B-Rex. On his blog, Warren stated;
Yes, there is an evil Batman who is also a T-Rex. This is a thing I discovered when I was asked to write a two-page short comic about an evil Batman who is also a T-Rex. This is lockdown psychosis in full effect. "Hey, Warren, Scott Snyder invented an evil Batman who is also a T-Rex. Can you do me a two-page origin story of The Evil Batman Who Is Also A T-Rex?" And I say yes. Obviously.
That was before certain allegations, as reported on Bleeding Cool last night, went global as many women spoke out about their treatment by Warren over the years. Just now, DC Comics has issued the following statement to comic book retailers.
The previously announced two-page story in Dark Nights: Death Metal Legends of the Dark Knights #1 by Warren Ellis and Jim Cheung will be replaced with a two-page story written by Marguerite Bennett and illustrated by Jamal Igle.
UPDATE: Bleeding Cool has learned that the story was pulled at Warren Ellis' request. There is no update regarding any of Warren's other work at DC Comics. He currently writes The Batman's Grave drawn by Bryan Hitch, which recently saw the seventh of the twelve planned issues published, and Bleeding Cool had learned that there were bigger projects planned for later in the year. We note however that there is currently a 'TBD' date attached to the scheduled eighth issue, previously scheduled for July.
BATMANS GRAVE #8 (OF 12)
(W) Warren Ellis (A) Bryan Hitch, Kevin Nowland
This was never about just a few strange murders. A war has been declared on the justice system of Gotham City. And the Batman finally has a clue as to who is running the war. He's been fighting his own shadow the whole time.In Shops: TBD
DARK NIGHTS: DEATH METAL LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHTS #1
written by SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV, JOSHUA WILLIAMSON, PETER J. TOMASI, WARREN ELLIS, GARTH ENNIS, DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON, and FRANK TIERI
art by TONY S. DANIEL, JIM CHEUNG, JOËLLE JONES, DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON, RILEY ROSSMO, and FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA
cover by TONY S. DANIEL
1:25 variant cover by KAARE ANDREWS
The DC Universe has become engulfed by the Dark Multiverse, where demons dwell and reality is overrun by monstrous versions of the Dark Knight, all ruled by the Batman Who Laughs. In this collection of short tales, learn the terrifying secrets of these new Bats out of hell and other creatures of the night like Robin King, whose origin is just the worst! Plus, read about the secret buried beneath Castle Bat, the sentient Batmobile, and…how did Batman turn into a dinosaur?
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$5.99 US | 48 PAGES
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