DC Comics reportedly planning black 'Batman' for 2020
DC Comics are planning to introduce a black Batman to their readers in 2020, according to Rich Johnston from comic book news site, Bleeding Cool. Based on "a number of prominent sources," Johnston found out that in the summer of 2020 leading into 2021, readers can look forward to seeing this modern take on Batman.
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Johnston admits, however, that he is not aware of who this new Batman will be. "All I have been told is that it won't be Duke Thomas, the young man previously teased as taking on the role of Robin and Batman to come," he says.
He continues: "Marvel Comics has given us a black/Latino Spider-Man with Miles Morales, popularised in the Into The Spider-Verse movie. Sam Wilson took on the role of Captain America, reflected in the Avengers: Endgame movie. And Nick Fury has been replaced in the Marvel Universe by his black son, Nick Fury, Jr, reflecting the casting of Samuel L Jackson in the Marvel movies.
"While in Doomsday Clock, DC Comics’ unauthorised sequel to Watchmen, the new Rorschach is a black man, and son of the original Rorschach’s psychiatrist. It looks like the mainstream DC Comics Universe may be heading in a similar direction with Batman. Could this also find itself reflected in the DC movies?
It’s not the only time other people have taken on the role for a considerable period of time. The character of Azrael became Batman after Bruce Wayne had his back broken by Bane, in the Knightfall comics series in the nineties. Nightwing took on the role of Batman when Bruce Wayne was missing presumed dead, sent through time by Darkseid, in the noughties. And future visions of the DC universe have seen his son Damian Wayne and a variety of Robins take the role."
As for the Batman movies, Twilight actor Robert Pattinson has been cast as the fictional superhero in Matt Reeves' The Batman due for release on June 25, 2021.