If the only person who could truly beat Batman is another Batman, he’s going to have his hands full this summer, when seven– SEVEN evil alternate universe Batmen invade Gotham City. They’re the newest threat promised to arrive in DC’s epic Dark Nights: METAL event, with each of the seven Batmen hailing from a different world in the aptly-titled “Dark Multiverse.” And if half a dozen murderous versions of Bruce Wayne weren’t terrifying enough, they’ll each be redesigned with the superpowers of fellow Justice League heroes, villains, and Batman’s greatest nemesis himself.
The seven one-shot stories were announced by DC as one more expansion of the massive Dark Nights: METAL event coming in August. The lead-up to Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s “summer blockbuster” has technically begun, with Dark Days: THE FORGE now on store shelves. The issue is one of two single issue prologues to the mainline METAL event written by Snyder and James Tynion IV, and the first evidence that DC is relying on its very best talent to give fans a summer to remember. The same goes for the seven ‘Dark Multiverse’ comics – not to mention the ‘Gotham Resistance’ that will be formed as a result (Bruce is really going to need all the help he can get).