Gotham City gets a new Dark Knight in the wake of The Joker War and DC Comics has finally revealed who it is.

The upcoming variant cover for the second issue of Future State: The Next Batman revealed that Gotham’s protector is none other than Tim Fox, the son of Lucius Fox and brother of former Batwing Luke Fox.

It has already been widely speculated that the new Batman would be a person of color, but the cover of the second issue of the limited event confirms that Tim Fox will don the cape and cowl of Batman in the future.

Tim Fox’s first comic book appearance was in Batman #313, April 10, 1979. The character has since been teased in the current Batman line, first as a mention in “Family Ties,” the John Ridley/Olivier Coipel story from September’s Batman: The Joker War Zone anthology. In October’s Batman #101, he also shows up in a conversation between Batman and Lucius Fox, who has since acquired the Wayne fortune and technology as a result of The Joker War.

On February 23, 2021. Ridley and Coipel reunite to tell another story of The Next Batman and give him a sidekick as part of DC’s Batman: Black & White anthology series.

Future State: The Next Batman debuts in comic book stores and participating digital platforms on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, with new issues available every other week (issue #2 on January 26, issue #3 on February 2, and issue #4 on February 16). Each 64-page oversized issue includes backup stories of other Gotham City heroes and villains taking on the oppressive rule of The Magistrate and its war on vigilantes:

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