(August 15, 2020) Today’s Legacy of the Bat panel in DC FanDome’s Hall of Heroes contained great topics and panelists in a celebration of the Dark Knight’s heritage. It explored the impact he’s had on his allies as they continue to do their part to protect Gotham City. One of the great things revealed was a new upcoming Batman series by writer John Ridley and artist Nick Derington.

Ridley explains his take on Batman

During his conversation with DC Publisher and Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee, Ridley revealed a breathtaking piece of key art for his version of Batman by artist LADRÖNN. The writer also provided further credence to fan speculation that this Batman definitely will not be Bruce Wayne.

I think it’s a pretty safe bet that if I’m writing Batman, it’s probably a little better than a 47% chance he’s going to be a person of color.

In addition, Ridley raised additional curiosity when he revealed his series will focus on the family of Lucius Fox, head of Wayne Enterprises.

Lucious has a family and this is a family that has secrets, and have kept secrets from one another. It’s a little bit different dynamic than the Batman that we’ve always seen.

Not his first Rodeo

While this will be the first time Ridley has written a series featuring Batman, he’s no stranger to comic book writing, nor to DC. In 2004, he wrote The Authority: Human on the Inside (with artist Ben Oliver). He also contributed an arc to the 2005 series, The Razor’s Edge: Warblade (with legendary artist Simon Bisley). Most recently, Ridley also collaborated with artist Georges Jeanty on the groundbreaking limited series The American Way (2006). This was followed by its sequel, The American Way: Those Above and Those Below (2017).

Where to find Reference Material

Fans interested in learning more about Ridley’s plans for this series should check out the Batman: The Joker War panel at DC FanDome. Explore the Multiverse, Saturday, September 12 at 10amPT/1pmET. Ridley is writing a short story (with art by Olivier Coipel) for the Batman: Joker War Zone one-shot anthology. This work may provide drop additional hints at his plans for the January miniseries.

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