Although Bruce Wayne is the primary Batman ever since the character was introduced in Detective Comics in 1939, characters such as Night Wing have taken on the play in different ways. In terms of big screen examples, The Dark Knight Rises ends with the implication that Robin John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) would become the new Caped Crusader after he enters the Bat-cave.
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The new rumour states that in summer 2020 up through 2021, DC Comics may introduce a Black Batman character into the DC Universe. There is always the possibility that DC will introduce a new character who will end up being the Black Batman. DC Comics has tried this before. In 1992 the publisher introduced the character of Azrael into the Batman mythos, as the assassin agent of a pious and violent religious cult; one year later, Azrael stepped into the Batman mantle full-time, after Bruce Wayne’s back was broken by Bane.
It could be anyone but not Duke Thomas. He teased the roles of Robin and Batman
As reported by Bleeding Cool: “DC Comics is planning to bring us a black Batman. Not Bruce Wayne, but someone else donning the cowl and cape. Who this new Batman will be, I don’t know. 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.”
A few likely possibilities for how this might go down:
- · Batwing – Both David Zavimbe and Luke Fox have worn the Batwing mantle – and both men would arguably be contenders to take on the full mantle of Batman.
- · Black Lightning – Batman and Black Lightning have been working together on The Outsiders team. If there’s a need for someone to simply fill-in for an absent Batman, Black Lightning has the experience and connections to do it.
This would not be the first time a beloved comic book character would be altered to reflect the diversity of the world. Characters in the Marvel Comics universe such as Miles Morales’ Spider-Man and a female Thor have gained prominence in their respective stories. If this rumour is to be believed, it will be fascinating to see how DC Comics plans to introduce a Black Batman to the world.
However, DC has plenty of time to introduce a new character and give him a story that allows fans to really get to know him, before seeing him step up to take on the Batman mantle.