DC has finally revealed the details on Sean Murphy’s mysterious Batman project, titled Batman: White Knight. We’ve been waiting anxiously for many months for DC Comics to finally let us know what’s going on with Sean Murphy’s solo Batman project, teased back in January and repeatedly after that, though Murphy said DC wanted to keep the details tightly under wraps.
But today, 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.”
So, somehow, this is secretly about Trump, right? Well, not quite. Murphy has a slightly different idea, saying, “We know the Joker is a genius, we know he’s relentless, and we know he can play the crowd, so why not make him a politician? Frank Miller modeled him after David Bowie. Chris Nolan showed him as a controlled sociopath. I see the Joker as Don Draper.”
And if you’re not sold yet, on Twitter, Murphy teased a different angle that might entice you:
A cured Joker teams up with classic Harley–the love story you've always wanted. In BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT coming this fall. pic.twitter.com/hLeUbR3MDZ
— Sean Gordon Murphy (@Sean_G_Murphy) July 7, 2017
Have a coke and a smile and look for Batman: White Knight in stores on October 4.