'Dark Knight: A True Batman Story' Coming in June
The book focuses on a real-life event when Dini was assaulted and brutally beaten within an inch of his life by strangers and left on the sidewalk in the 1990s. His recovery process was arduous, hampered by the imagined antics of the villains he was writing for television including The Joker, Harley Quinn and the Penguin. But despite how bleak his circumstances were, Dini always imagined the Batman at his side, urging him along during his darkest moments, changing Batman from a dark avenger to a savior.
Dini explained, “Batman is a character truly universal in his ability to entertain and inspire fans of all ages and backgrounds. As a writer of Batman stories for comics, video games and animation, I'm grateful for the opportunities I've had to contribute to that legacy. But there was a time some years ago when I found myself the victim of a violent attack and the last thing that made sense to me was to continue writing stories about a fantasy crime fighter. Struggling to recover, I found myself trapped in a dark place of isolation and abuse, plagued by demons both real and imaginary, with my only choices being to remain a victim or to stand up and fight back. Not so easy as the enemy I was fighting was my own fear. DC and Vertigo have given me the unique opportunity to tell this personal story, rendered better than I could have dreamed by the powerful artwork of Eduardo Risso (100 Bullets). It is my hope that Dark Night: A True Batman Story will both provide an interesting window into a writer's mind in a time of crisis, and perhaps inspire other victims of violence to search for the heroes inside themselves.”
Dark Night: A True Batman Story will be available in comic book shops on June 15, 2016. You still have time to pre-order your copy THIS WEEK. Just ask your friendly Rick's Comic City employee on how to do just that.