DC Comics confirms next Batman will be Black

DC Comics confirms next Batman will be Black

The next character to become Batman in the comic books will be Black, DC Comics have confirmed. 

The new series, which will be set in a future Gotham City, will be written by John Ridley, the screenwriter behind 12 Years A Slave. 

The son of Bruce Wayne’s business manager Lucious Fox will become the Batman of the future following the Caped Crusader’s death, in a future Gotham City where superheroes are outlawed. 

Tim Fox will take over the task of protecting Gotham City against the evil Magistrate who has taken over. 

Oscar-winner John is most excited for his sons to read the comics, with a Black superhero taking over as Batman. 

He explained to the New York Times: ‘ They appreciate the things that I do. They’re happy for me. 

‘They’re great supporters. But they would much rather see Black Panther than 12 Years A Slave, let’s be honest.

‘So to be able to write the next Batman, for them to know that this next Batman is going to be black, everybody else on the planet can hate it, have a problem with it, denigrate it, but I have my audience and they already love it.’

The new incarnation of Batman will be introduced as part of DC Comics’ Future State event, with the four-issue series Future State: The Next Batman being published in January. 

It follows in the footsteps of 2001’s Spider-Man reimagining by Marvel’s Stan Lee for a one-off series of classic DC characters, including his take on Batman, the African American Wayne Williams.

In 2009, DC Comics also introduced an alternate-universe Black Superman called Calvin Ellis, who was also President of the USA in his reality, with co-creator and writer Grant Morrison confirming the character was inspired by Barack Obama. 

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