For decades the battle between hero and villain has raged as Batman and Joker have faced one another. The clown prince of crime and the dark knight.
But what if their roles were reversed?
That’s what writer and artist Sean Gordon Murphy will explore in the newly announced seven-issue miniseries, Batman: White Knight. The tragic story of hero and villain will take on a new spin in a twisted version of Gotham City where Joker might very end up being the hero of the story.
“We know Joker’s a genius, we know he’s relentless, and we know he can play the crowd, so why not make him a politician?” said Murphy. “Why not strip away the psychosis (the thing that’s holding him back) and let him challenge Batman unimpeded? And to make it even scarier, what if he did it legally and without breaking any rules, so that Batman couldn’t stop him?”
Cured of his insanity and homicidal tendencies, the Joker, now known as Jack, sets out to right his wrongs and reconciles with Harley Quinn to save Gotham City from who he believes is the true villain that threatens the city – Batman.
“Seeing Gotham for the first time with clear eyes, his psychosis now cured, he starts to understand the absurdity of vigilantism and how Batman’s actions are only contributing to Gotham’s endless crime cycle,” said Murphy. “Joker sets out to beat Batman by becoming the White Knight that Gotham really needs.”
Batman: White Knight #1 arrives on October 4.