Kevin Smith and Jim Lee Take on Zack Snyder's Batman in Detective Comics #1000 (Spoilers)

Detective Comics #1000, like Action Comics #1000, is meant to be out of continuity. Apart from the bits that aren't. And this may be confirmed, or not at a later date.

Such as Manufactured For Use, the comic book story by Kevin Smith, Jim Lee, Scott Williams, Alex Sinclair and Todd Klein's story about the gun that shot Thomas and Martha Wayne.

Kevin Smith and Jim Lee Take on Zack Snyder's Batman in Detective Comics #1000 (Spoilers)

And picking it up for his own purposes.

Kevin Smith and Jim Lee Take on Zack Snyder's Batman in Detective Comics #1000 (Spoilers)

Years ago in Batman Year Two, we had Batman wielding the gun, when fighting alongside Joe Chill.

Kevin Smith and Jim Lee Take on Zack Snyder's Batman in Detective Comics #1000 (Spoilers)

Later it is suggested that Batman returned it to Joe Chill for him to commit suicide…

Kevin Smith and Jim Lee Take on Zack Snyder's Batman in Detective Comics #1000 (Spoilers)

But after that, no sign. In the Flashpoint Universe, he meets a Thomas Wayne Batman, who kept the gun that was used to kill his son as a trophy in his Batcave.

Kevin Smith and Jim Lee Take on Zack Snyder's Batman in Detective Comics #1000 (Spoilers)

Which was also present in the Justice League movie's version of the Batcave.

Kevin Smith and Jim Lee Take on Zack Snyder's Batman in Detective Comics #1000 (Spoilers)

But in the Kevin Smith/Jim Lee story, there may be a pointed move away from the Zack Snyder version of events. The one in which Batnman seems to kill everyone.

Kevin Smith and Jim Lee Take on Zack Snyder's Batman in Detective Comics #1000 (Spoilers)

With Bruce Wayne recovering the gun and keeping it in the Batcave, in a similar fashion as Snyder portrayed in the Justice League movie. But with Alfred telling him that this is would be just too grim for Batman. And, instead, Bruce Wayne taking that gun, melting it down…

Kevin Smith and Jim Lee Take on Zack Snyder's Batman in Detective Comics #1000 (Spoilers)

…and turning it into something more hopeful.

Kevin Smith and Jim Lee Take on Zack Snyder's Batman in Detective Comics #1000 (Spoilers)

The yellow Batsymbol he wears (on and off) on his costume.

Which means Kevin Smith and Jim Lee might have made the yellow sign permanent. Going back to the black silhouette without the yellow would just be disrespectful to the memory of his parents… that's if this particular piece stays in continuity. But then it is drawn by the Chief Creative Officer and President of DC Comics, so odds are good.

DETECTIVE COMICS #1000
(W) Peter J. Tomasi, Brian Michael Bendis, Paul Dini, Warren Ellis, Geoff Johns, Tom King, Dennis O'Neil, Christopher Priest, Kevin Smith, Scott Snyder, Others (A) Doug Mahnke, Neal Adams, Greg Capullo, Tony S. Daniel, Steve Epting, Kelley Jones, Andy Kubert, Alex Maleev, Dustin Nguyen (CA) Scott Williams (A/CA) Jim Lee
After 80 years, it's here-the 1,000th issue of DETECTIVE COMICS, the title that literally defines DC! This 96-page issue is stacked with an unbelievable lineup of talent that will take you on a journey through Batman's past, present and future…plus a sensational epilogue that features the first-ever DC Universe appearance of the deadly Arkham Knight! But who is under the mask? And why do they want Batman dead? The incredible future of Batman adventures begins here! Will have decade appropriate trade dressAfter 80 years, it's here-the 1,000th issue of DETECTIVE COMICS, the title that literally defines DC! This 96-page issue is stacked with an unbelievable lineup of talent that will take you on a journey through Batman's past, present and future…plus a sensational epilogue that features the first-ever DC Universe appearance of the deadly Arkham Knight! But who is under the mask? And why do they want Batman dead? The incredible future of Batman adventures begins here!In Shops: Mar 27, 2019 SRP: $9.99

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