DC Comics Universe Teases With Spoilers Dark Nights: Death Metal’s Robin King Debut, Superboy-Prime Return, Wally West The Flash and More!
During Comic Con @ Home, SDCC 2020, Writer Scott Snyder teased Dark Nights: Death Metal as follows.
- In [Dark Nights: Death Metal #3], you meet the Robin King. He’s kind of born in #2, but in #3 you get to see him interact for the first time with the heroes. I love him because I’m just writing his dialogue now – his whole history, his secrets, you’ll learn who he is, what he is. I’ve seen a lot of speculation.
I love him cause he’s really cheery, and he pops out and the JSA sees him, Flash and Dr. Fate, they’re like ‘Who are you supposed to be, kid? And that belt is a choice!’ and he’s like ‘Thank you so much! Good morning! I actually worked hard on this belt and it contains all of your friends! You Barry, on my world I dug up your mom’s body and I stuffed her into one of your goddamn Flash rings! You wanna see?’
Then he turns to Alan Scott, the Green Lantern, and he’s like ‘On my world, I hunted down your children and I cremated them and made this composite from their ashes into this composite which I powered with a Black Lantern ring, so it cancels out your powers and I can beat you to death with it.’
He’s just like this ten-year-old kid but he’s very evil.
He’s definitely one of our darkest creations, but I love him cause what I want the heroes to go up against something that says ‘Everything you believe people to be, everything you hope we are, we aren’t,’ and I want to show representations of that with the Batman Who Laughs and the Robin King.
The more evil and darker the villain, the more the heroes are challenged by what they see in human nature, and it becomes harder and harder to be hopeful. He’s not evil just to make him dark and fun and twisted – he is those things – but he’s meant to be something that you read it and it hits you and it pulls you in. Cause he says ‘All your hope, all your aspirations for us and for you are nothing, and I’ll show you why.’ He’s a very spooky kid.
Snyder has also teased some big returns in Dark Nights: Death Metal with some coming to pass and some yet to come.
- Were trying to do that with a few people. So Jonah Hex is in it. Sgt. Rock is in it. Sgt. Rock is kind of the narrator of the whole thing, which is a lot of fun for me and Greg. He’s the one trying to give a pep talk to comics. And he’s definitely off his rocker because you’ll see by the end of issue one, there are reasons he’s kind of half-crazy the whole time.
And also, Lobo is another one that we really were trying to bring back and give some real legs to again, and it’s the classic iteration, but in a new way. And yeah, there are some surprises, Superboy-Prime and a bunch of other characters are coming back in ways that kind of reframe them. They’re still the originals.
Dark Nights: Death Metal #3 hits stands on August 12, 2020 and includes a David Finch variant cover featuring Wally West the Flash!