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(Warning - SPOILERS for the past few years of Batman comic books lie below, right from the get go. If you're not all caught up, then proceed with caution...)

Now, there haven't been too many Batman writers in recent years who've simultaneously stirred up both as much fan-approval and as much controversy as Scott Snyder. Alongside artist Greg Capullo, Snyder's work on the core Batman comic book has proven both critically acclaimed, best-selling, and fan pleasing - but it hasn't done so without a cost.

For some, Snyder has taken Batman and his supporting cast too far away from their roots - with The Joker in particular having had his origin and appearance altered almost beyond recognition.

Now, though, it seems that Snyder may well get the chance to prove the doubters wrong, since it seems that:

A Standalone Graphic Novel Starring The Joker Could Be on Its Way

Or, at least, that's what Snyder is aiming towards. As he revealed on Twitter a little while back:

Now, though, it seems that Snyder may be close to making that particular dream a reality. is quoting Snyder as having revealed that, while The Joker likely won't be returning to Batman during his and Capullo's run, plans for a Joker standalone story are still very much in the works:

"I'm definitely trying to develop it...I always think of it with [an artist] in mind, so I already have somebody in time for it. For me, it's just about making it happen. It's going to be a lot of fun."

The most intriguing element of that particular prospect, though?

A 'Darker' Scott Snyder Joker Tale Could Be Pitch Black...

After all, he's already had The Joker brutally torture Batman's extended family, teasing that he had removed their faces in the process...

And, of course, heavily implied that he might be a chaos-loving immortal with centuries of blood on his hands...

Though, that being said - he'd have a long way to go to top Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo's 2008 graphic novel Joker, which takes the villain's awfulness to a whole new level...

You can read about just how horrifying it is right here, but be warned - it's not for the faint of heart...

If Snyder opts to try to out-do that, though? Who knows what that graphic novel could end up featuring...

What do you think, though?



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