Kyle Higgins

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Kyle Higgins
Higgins at the 2014 Special Edition NYC
Born (1985-06-12) June 12, 1985 (age 29)
Lockport, Illinois
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Director
Notable works
Batman: Gates of Gotham

Kyle Higgins (born June 12, 1985) is an American comic book writer and film director. He is best known for his work on the Batman franchise at DC Comics.

Early life[edit]

Kyle Higgins was born June 12, 1985, and grew up in Homer Glen, Illinois. At the age of seven Higgins saw the 1978 feature film Superman, which began his passion for both comic books and filmmaking.[1]

After two years of studying film and creative writing at the University of Iowa, Higgins transferred to the Film Production program of Chapman University in Orange, California, from which he would graduate. In late 2006, he began an unpaid internship with The Donners' Company, which provided him with the opportunity to work with Richard Donner, who directed the film that introduced Higgins to comics and filmmaking.[1]


After writing and directing his college thesis film titled The League,[1] about the superhero labor union of 1960's Chicago, Higgins spent a year writing for Marvel Comics before authoring the back-up features for the 2010 editions of Detective Comics Annual and Batman Annual. The stories introduced the Franco-Islamic character Nightrunner, who he co-created with David Hine and caused some controversy.[2] Higgins stayed on the Batman brand, co-writing the five-issue Batman: Gates of Gotham with Detective Comics scribe Scott Snyder which delved into the history of Gotham City.

When DC rebooted their entire line in 2011 with The New 52, Higgins wrote Nightwing, often interlinking arcs with Snyder, who moved to Batman.[3] Higgins also wrote the first eight issues of Deathstroke in September 2011.[4] Higgins began writing Batman Beyond 2.0, a continuation of the comic and animated series, Batman Beyond, for DC's digital-first line.[5] In January 2014, it was announced that Higgins had joined the writing team for Batman Eternal, following his work on Nightwing, which will end in March 2014 with issue 29, the penultimate issue.[6]

In January 2014, Higgins announced C.O.W.L., his first creator-owned ongoing series with Image Comics.[7] The series, co-written by Alec Siegel and featuring art by Rod Reis, revisits the world created by Higgins in The League. C.O.W.L. explores superheroes from the lens of union organization, and features an early-1960s aesthetic, noir overtones, and political drama. The series debuted in May 2014, and the first issue sold out of its initial print run.[8]



  1. ^ a b c "Filmmakers". Retrieved June 23, 2014.
  2. ^ "Racists Totally Freak Out Over Muslim ‘Batman of Paris’". Comics Alliance. December 18, 2010. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ Rogers, Vaneta (June 13, 2011). "HIGGINS: Dick's BAT-Time Makes For Better DCnU NIGHTWING". Newsarama. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  4. ^ Vaneta Rogers (June 23, 2011). "HIGGINS: DCnU DEATHSTROKE Will Be a BADASS Again". Newsarama.
  5. ^ Truitt, Brian (2 August 2013). "Kyle Higgins taps into cartoon love for 'Batman Beyond'". USA Today. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Siegel, Lucas (January 24, 2014). "Kyle Higgins Added to Batman: Eternal Writing Team". Newsarama. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Forthcoming C.O.W.L. Features the First Superhero Labor Union". Image Comics. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  8. ^ Salazar, Kat. "C.O.W.L.—superhero labor union wins public favor". Image Comics. 
  9. ^ "Welcome To The Edge | DC Comics". DC Comics. June 9, 2011. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Batman Beyond 2.0 (2013-)". DC Entertainment. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "C.O.W.L. #1". Image Comics. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 

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