Writer Scott Snyder has made it official: The last issue in his nearly five-year-long run on DC Comics’ flagship “Batman” series will be issue #51, scheduled for release in April.
Truth: I’ve been delaying writing the last pages of Batman #51 – my final issue on the series & last comic w @GregCapullo for 6 months.
— Scott Snyder (@Ssnyder1835) February 10, 2016
It had previously been reported that his partner on the title, artist Greg Capullo, was leaving the series to work on a creator-owned book with Mark Millar, before reuniting with Snyder on an unspecified DC project. It had widely been speculated, yet not officially confirmed, that Snyder was leaving “Batman” as well, and moving on to sister Bat-series “Detective Comics” with the the former rumored to move to a twice-monthly schedule and the latter staying monthly. Neither Snyder nor DC Comics have confirmed that he’ll be writing “Detective Comics” in the near future.
Snyder and Capullo’s celebrated and influential run on “Batman” started in Sept. 2011 with the advent of DC’s New 52 era of refreshed continuity. The two were the longest-remaining active pair of the 52 new series launched that month, and now DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns’ writing stint on “Justice League” stands as the only remaining creator/series pairing from that era.
The oversized “Batman” #50, the conclusion of the Jim Gordon-as-Batman “Superheavy” arc, is scheduled for release on March 23; “Batman” #51 follows on April 13.