One of the hallmarks for a character like Batman has been the debate presented by fans and even in the various incarnations if he really is a true symbol of hope helping to cleanse Gotham City of crime or is he someone who overextends himself outside the boundaries of the law to impose his own will? Well esteemed writer and artist Sean Murphy (Punk Rock Jesus, The Wake, Tokyo Ghost) looks to explore that in Batman: White Knight, where it us up to the Joker to make Gotham see what a curse upon the city Bruce Wayne is.
Yes you read that right, Joker is going to be our protagonist as it were.
Murphy explained in an interview that his “main goal was to undo the comic tropes while changing Gotham from a comic book city into a real city—a city dealing with everything from Black Lives Matter to the growing wage gap. [But] rather than write a comic about the wage gap, I gave those ideas to the Joker, who leads a kind of media war against Gotham’s elite by winning people over with his potent observations and rhetoric.”
Tackling the current political climate and issues of the day isn’t new to Batman as several comics over the 75+ years of the Dark Knight have done that in several story arcs, graphic novels, and over the various adaptations. White Knight itself looks to be a reflection of how time can certainly give new meaning and interpretations to certain ideas and believes, especially in the realm of superhero comic books. Many creators have explored and looked into the deeper implications of Batman and what his presence means, but Murphy looks to add his own unique take by taking a look at what both Batman and Bruce Wayne do for Gotham. Going at it from a real world point of view feels fresh and exciting.
When talking about the book, Murphy says that. “It’s sexy to think crime can be stopped with a fist, but the real solution is a lot more boring than that: education, increasing wages, and building trust. The line Batman rides between ‘noble vigilante’ and ‘overzealous oppressor’ will always be shifting as our own society changes.”
Batman: White Knight is written and drawn by Murphy and will debut on October 4.
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