What was previously billed as the "final chapter" of Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns "trilogy" is no longer the final chapter at all.

Superstar writer/artist/director Frank Miller has confirmed to Newsarama that he has decided to create a fourth installment of his now legendary future-set Batman story. Miller said the Dark Knight IV story will follow up on the story being told in Dark Knight III: The Master Race, the eight-part mini-series that begins November 25.

And although DK III is being written by Brian Azzarello with art by Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson, Miller indicated he's writing the next one solo.

"I thoroughly applaud what [Brian's] doing. But now that he's doing his, it's now a four-part series," Miller told Newsarama on Monday. "I'm doing the fourth."

Miller indicated he was aware of Azzarello's story, and he emphasized that he supported it. However, he said that after he reads DK3 in full, he intends to create his own fourth chapter (although he did not indicate whether he'd both write and draw the book). According to Miller's language that the series is now "four-part," the former "trilogy" would presumably now end after the fourth volume.

Both DK III and its expected follow-up, DK IV, are set within the world of the now-legendary 1986 series The Dark Knight Returns, as well as its 2001-2002 sequel, The Dark Knight Strikes Again.

Look for a full interview with Miller and long-time collaborator Klaus Janson later today here at Newsarama.


A new rumor points to Justice League Dark casting hopefuls

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Though director Guillermo del Toro says he turned in his script for Dark Universe, or “Justice League Dark,” some time ago, little has been said about the film since then. Plans are still in motion for the rest of the DCEU at large, as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad will both be released next year, but no official details on this particular corner has been announced. Now, Latino Review brings some interesting rumors in regard to the film, specifically who Warner Bros. Pictures may be looking to cast in the lead roles.

The site reports that Guillermo del Toro wanted Hellboy himself, Ron Perlman, to play Swamp Thing, a decision the studio is reportedly in agreement with. In regard to John Constantine, the studio is seeking A-list talent for the role with both Colin Farrell and Ewan McGregor in the mix. Furthermore, Latino Review speculates that whoever doesn’t book that role may take on the part of Jason Blood, the human which the demon Etrigan is bound too.

For the role of Deadman, WB is reportedly considering a comedic actor and they have an eye toward a hispanic or black actress for the female magician Zatanna. In addition, SPECTRE‘s Monica Bellucci is the reported top choice for the role of Madame Xanadu.

It’s unclear when, or if, production will begin on the film as no director or release date have been officially set. In the meantime, check back here for more updates on Justice League Dark as we learn them.

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