In an interview with Wired, Murphy spilled the beans on the project, which will be called Batman: White Knight. And despite how it sounds, the book isn’t about Batman logging onto the internet to defend people just to make himself look good. Instead, it’s a sort of role reversal, where, in an alternate universe, The Joker is cured of his insanity and recognizes Batman as a threat to Gotham City. And, finally, someone is answering reader demand and making a comic book that serves as an allegory for modern politics.
“My 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,” Murphy said in the interview. “[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.”
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