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The secret history of the Dark Knight's home turf

A DC Comics rendering of Batman

A DC Comics rendering of Batman Photo Credit: DC Comics

Not many people get to tell Batman what to do.

Scott Snyder is one of those people.

The author has immersed himself in the comic book world, first with his series “American Vampire,” and then by chronicling the adventures of Batman in the pages of “Detective Comics.

In the new miniseries “Batman: Gates of Gotham,” Snyder — along with co-writer Kyle Higgins and artist Trevor McCarthy — takes Batman through a mystery that draws heavily on the history of Gotham City. (Also, this Dark Knight has ex-Robin Dick Grayson behind the cowl. It’s complicated. Google it).

amNewYork spoke with Snyder about the comic.

What’s going on in this miniseries?
We wanted to do something that would be a mystery, that takes place in the present and challenges Dick Grayson as Batman in today’s Gotham, that forces him to do some digging and uncover some of the secrets of Gotham’s past. … It brings Gotham’s past and present together in this climatic way.

Do you need to know a lot about Batman to read this?
It’s totally user-friendly — you can come to it completely never having picked up a Batman comic. I’m not just saying that to get you to buy it. We wanted it to be something that, if you liked the look of it or the sound of it, it stands autonomously.

What does artist Trevor McCarthy bring to the book?
I really like working with people that have really distinctive styles. Trevor’s style couldn’t be more distinctive — it has these beautiful, elegant, fluid lines … and it’s extremely expressive also.

What’s your favorite thing about writing Batman?
There are so many things I love. I feel like every time I write the Batcave, I’m going into the Batcave. It’s so much fun — it feels like being a kid in a candy store. Batman has always been my favorite superhero since I was a kid. There’s nothing better than getting the reins to your favorite superhero and getting to put on paper what interests you the most and tell your own favorite story.

Are you planning on returning to prose?
I don’t have any time right now. I wish. I keep telling myself that when I really miss it a lot, I’ll make the time, but I don’t miss it enough yet. … I feel very grateful and fulfilled just by doing [comics] right now.

If you go: Scott Snyder, Kyle Higgins and Trevor McCarthy will be signing copies of the first issue of “Batman: Gates of Gotham” at Midtown Comics Downtown Thursday from 5-6:30 p.m., 64 Fulton St., 212-302-8192
 

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