This weekend is huge for DC Comics fans with the DC Fandome event kicking off with panels that explore everything DC from comics to movies to gaming.
On the comics side, panelists including CCO Jim Lee, Batwoman showrunner Caroline Dries and more gathered to talk about the legacy of Batman and his influence. Included in the panel was 12 Years A Slave screenwriter John Ridley who is working on a new limited series featuring the Dark Knight, but this series will not be about Bruce Wayne.
John Ridley (12 Years a Slave, Guerrilla, American Crime) and artist Nick Derington (Doom Patrol, Batman Universe, Mister Miracle) will team up for a four-issue miniseries scheduled for January 2021, featuring a version of the Caped Crusader different from what many fans know and existing alongside the current Batman run by James Tynion IV and Jorge Jimenez.
Ridley said during the panel; “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.”
Further fueling the speculation it was revealed that this series will focus on the family of Lucius Fox, head of Wayne Enterprises. Ridley continued saying “But he [Fox] has a family and this is a family that has secrets, has kept secrets from one another,” he said. “It’s a little bit different dynamic than the Batman that we’ve always seen.”
Ridley is also writing a short story for Batman: Joker War Zone one-shot anthology that will drop hints at Ridley’s upcoming January miniseries.