As announced in The Washington Post, Batman's origin is about to be "tweaked" by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo in the upcoming "Batman: Zero Year."
Fans (this one included) might groan when hearing the news that DC is marching down the very well-trod territory of Bruce Wayne's early years again but, as Snyder assured us in "The Post" article, "Zero Year" is not a new origin story:
We tried to preserve as much of Batman’s history as we could and keep what we could of this history intact. It’s ‘The Zero Year,’ the one that no one has told the story of before. We see how Bruce became the Batman, built the cave, faced off with his first super villain … It’s time for a new story showing how Batman became who he is in The New 52. It builds up the mythology.
"The Zero Year" will run for 11 issues starting in June and will examine Batman in his most formative years as the Caped Crusader, but will not touch upon the mythology of the similarly-named "Batman: Year One," the legendary 4 issue arc cum graphic novel by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli. Snyder said, “We’re not going to take apart ‘Year One,’”. But, it's tough to separate the two books when it seems as if DC is purposely drawing a relationship between them.
Snyder has earned the trust of Bat-fans for his rich understanding of what makes Bruce Wayne tick, particularly when it comes to his relationship with Gotham City, and its hold over the man and his family. And based on that knowledge, I would expect "Zero Year" to be very Gotham-centric.
We don't yet know who this "first super villain" will be, as Snyder and Capullo just wrapped up a Joker story with "Death of the Family," it it could tie into the Red Hood story that was introduced in "Batman" #0. The Riddler has been said to be the next antagonist in line from Bat's rouges gallery, so could we see a young Bruce Wayne in short pants solving the riddles of a kiddie-Edward Nigma? Maybe. We'll let you know as we find out more info.