Is it just us, or is there an undeniable appeal to seeing futuristic takes on Batman? When phrasing it like that, you’re probably immediately picturing Terry McGinnis in your mind – which is perfectly okay because Batman Beyond is amazingly awesome – but we’re actually referring to those “what if?” type scenarios that depict a grizzled Dark Knight in his twilight years.
So, if you’re a fan of works such as Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns (and possibly its two sequels) or even Paul Pope’s Batman: Year 100, then you’re definitely going to want to pay attention because Sean Gordon Murphy has been cooking up something for a while now that sounds like it could be placed among that ilk.
Before we get ahead of ourselves, we’ll offer a gentle reminder that you’ll next see him visit Gotham City in a tale to be written by Scott Snyder, which, as we recently learned, will no longer be told within the confines of All-Star Batman, but rather, will be used as a launching point for some yet unnamed new initiative from DC.
Once that’s out of the way, we can expect to enjoy an eight-issue limited series written and illustrated by Murphy himself. Funnily enough, he referenced the aforementioned titles, according to CBR:
“The Batman book I’m doing alone will be my ‘DK’ and my ‘Year 100, an Elseworld-like take on Batman. My attempt at an opus.”
And although, he’ll be utilizing many of Batman‘s greatest villains, a recent Twitter teaser (seen at the top) promised a “Joker like you’ve never seen him” and, from the caption offered below, it sounds like we may see a different side to the Clown Prince of Crime.
A friend of mine has a crush on Joker, but she feels bad because he's evil. My Batman story makes it OK to have a crush on Joker! pic.twitter.com/rcqTEZt1Po
— Sean Gordon Murphy (@Sean_G_Murphy) June 21, 2017