As comic book fans well know, DC is in the midst of DC Rebirth, the latest gentle refresh of its iconic universe. Since 2016, this latest initiative has strived to merge beloved legacy characters with a younger, more diverse set of heroes that have been introduced since 2011’s last reset, The New 52.
Duke Thomas may be one of the newest members of the DC vigilante world, but he is already rising in the ranks according to longtime Batman writer Scott Snyder.
In a recent interview with Comic Book Resources about the upcoming Dark Nights: Metal series, Snyder revealed that he has big plans for the latest addition to the Batfamily, which have been in development for a while.
“His [own] name and his role are coming out. I was going to do it in All Star Batman and then they gave us the option of playing him harder into [the Dark Nights: Metal event], so I thought we should do it here.”
Based on this interview, fans won’t get to see Duke in action under a new superhero mantle until after Dark Days, DC’s two-part summer event that just launched with Dark Days: The Forge. The second half of the event, Dark Days: The Casting is set to launch next month.
Fans won’t have to wait too long, however. Snyder had this to say about Duke’s future in the DC universe:
“By the end of The Casting, you’ll see his new role [and] you’ll know about his new book. All of that stuff.”
For those in need of a quick refresh themselves, Duke first appeared in Batman: Zero Year as a bright young black boy who helps Batman in his first battle against the Riddler. Since then, he has been a steady and pleasant heroic presence, fighting as an unofficial Robin along with other Gotham teens before officially joining Batman – not as a Robin, but as a hero-in-training under the available alias Lark.
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Source: Comic Book Resources