Frank Miller is going back to Batman. DC have announced that the man behind 1986 classic The Dark Knight Returns is writing a second sequel to his seminal work titled The Dark Knight III: The Master Race, to mark the 30th anniversary of the original series.

Batman v Superman Ben AffleckBen Affleck as Batman in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Miller will not be working alone on the miniseries and he will be joined by 100 Bulllets and Wonder Woman writer Brian Azzarello. The series is said to consist of eight issues and will be published twice a month, according to a press release by DC.

Along with writing 1986’s The Dark Knight Returns, Miller also penned the series’ 2001-2002 follow up Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again. While Miller’s original work went on to be listed as one of TIME Magazine's 10 greatest graphic novels of all time, follow up The Dark Knight Strikes Again was less well received by fans and critics.

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“Batman remains my favourite comic book hero and a sequel to Dark Knight is going to be daunting,” Miller said in a statement. “But we’ll do our best.” Co-writer Brian Azzarello described the experience of working with Miller as “amazing”. Adding, “I think we have an epic story that these characters truly deserve.”

“We are thrilled to have Frank back home at DC writing Batman,” said Dan DiDio and Jim Lee, Co-Publishers for DC Entertainment. “The story he and Brian have crafted is an astounding and triumphant conclusion to this seminal body of work which influenced and shaped generations of readers and creators alike.”

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On Friday Miller tweeted a picture of promotional art for the series, his first tweet since October 2011, adding, ‘I hope that by now my silence is deafening’. Back in 1986 The Dark Knight Returns reintroduced Batman as an ageing superhero, who battles Superman and takes on the Joker.

The comic’s gritty style has gone on to influence many of the last 30 year’s portrayals of Batman on the big screen. Most recently it is said to be a major influence on Zack Snyder’s upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, starring Ben Affleck as the caped crusader.