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.
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