The scene: You’re leaving the theater having just seen The Batman. You now stand on the horizon of wonder, thinking “After The Batman, what’s next for me as a reader? What should I read to further the experience of the movie?”
Speaking of “What’s next?”…
After the Watchmen movie’s release in 2009, DC published the “After Watchmen…What’s Next?” initiative of value-priced reprints. These were debut issues of series or story arcs whose aesthetics (be it writing, art, themes of a given story, etc., etc.) were similar in tone to those of Watchmen.
The idea was to hook readers (both established and brand-new) who were fresh from the Watchmen movie into a comic tale that would further their experience of the movie from a thematic and/or aesthetic standpoint.
Here’s an example of a Batman-themed book from the program:
Once you’ve seen The Batman (or if you’ve already seen it, depending on when you read this), what titles and/or stories will be your next point to continuing the experience of the movie (After Watchmen…What’s Next?-style) as your ask yourself “What’s next?”