DC Comics confirmed via its latest solicitations that Smallville Season 11 #5 will depict Superman's first encounter with the Dark Knight.
"I feel like I've been sitting on a Christmas present for everyone since January," series writer Bryan Q Miller wrote on his blog.
"Fans have been waiting for this for a VERY long time. As both a fan and a writer, I am more than pleased to announce the arrival of a MAJOR DC universe player in the second episode of Smallville Season 11."
Batman will feature in a four-part storyline title 'Detective', in which his hunt for his parents' killer puts him on a collision course with Clark Kent.
Smallville Season 11 #5 is released in September.