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12 Years a Slave Screenwriter to Reinvent Batman in 2021

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DC has an ambitious new Batman comic in the works for 2021, one that will apparently feature a hero of color taking up the mantle of the Dark Knight.As revealed at the "Legacy of the Bat" panel at DC FanDome, 12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridley is teaming up with Doom Patrol artist Nick…
12 Years a Slave Screenwriter to Reinvent Batman in 2021
DC has an ambitious new Batman comic in the works for 2021, one that will apparently feature a hero of color taking up the mantle of the Dark Knight.As revealed at the “Legacy of the Bat” panel at DC FanDome, 12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridley is teaming up with Doom Patrol artist Nick Derington for a new four-issue limited series (title TBA). Check out a cover from artist Ladronn below:

Art by Ladronn. (Image Credit: DC)

DC is keeping the identity of this new Batman a secret, with Ridley teasing during the panel, “I think it’s a pretty safe bet that if I’m writing Batman, it’s probably a little better than a 47% chance he’s going to be a person of color.”

However, we do know this new Batman will be connected to the family of Lucius Fox, which could suggest it’s Lucius’ son Luke wearing the costume. Luke previously served as the armored hero Batwing, so he certainly has the right pedigree.

“[Lucius] has a family and this is a family that has secrets, has kept secrets from one another,” said Ridley. “It’s a little bit different dynamic than the Batman that we’ve always seen.”

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To be clear, this new Batman won’t be replacing Bruce Wayne. DC confirms the two versions will coexist, and James Tynion IV will continue to write the flagship Batman comic. At this point it’s unclear whether Ridley and Derington’s book is set in the traditional DCU or an alternate universe or timeline. The cover art suggests a possible futuristic setting.

Ridley is no stranger to the DC Universe at this point, having previously written books like The Authority: Human on the Inside and a short tale in the upcoming Batman: The Joker War Zone special. Ridley is also the author of The Other History of the DC Universe, an upcoming Black Label series that reexamines DC lore from the perspectives of minority heroes like Black Lightning, Herald and Renee Montoya.

DC promises more details will be revealed at the second FanDome event on September 12, as part of the Batman: The Joker War panel. For now, check out our exclusive inside look at The Joker War and learn why Joker is finally ready to end his long dance with Batman.

Jesse is a mild-mannered staff writer for IGN. Allow him to lend a machete to your intellectual thicket by following @jschedeen on Twitter.

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