DC isn’t running out of new ideas for Batman stories. The newest mini-series, Batman: White Knight, looks to flip the hero/villain dynamic of Batman and The Joker.
Writer/Artist Sean Gordon Murphy (Punk Rock Jesus) explores a different take on Gotham that questions a potential role reversal where Batman is the villain and The Joker is the hero. In this story, it’s The Joker who is working towards the title of White Knight. The seven-issue miniseries kicks off Oct. 4.
White Knight is set in an alternate world that sees The Joker cured of his homicidal tendencies. Now going by Jack, he’s trying to make amends for his previous wrongs. First on his list is making things right with Harley Quinn and saving Gotham from its most dangerous citizen — Batman.
‘We know Joker’s a genius, we know he’s relentless, and we know he can play the crowd, so why not make him a politician?’ Murphy said in a statement. ‘Why not strip away the psychosis (the thing that’s holding him back) and let him challenge Batman unimpeded? And to make it even scarier, what if he did it legally and without breaking any rules, so that Batman couldn’t stop him?’
‘Seeing Gotham for the first time with clear eyes, his psychosis now cured, he starts to understand the absurdity of vigilantism and how Batman’s actions are only contributing to Gotham’s endless crime cycle,’ Murphy said. ‘Joker sets out to beat Batman by becoming the White Knight that Gotham really needs.’
Check out some of these previous pages. Murphy’s artwork looks pretty cool so I’ll have to check this one. Murphy drew the cover with colors by Matt Hollingsworth.