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DC Comics Introduces a Non-Binary Flash in Future State | CBR

DC is set to introduce a new Flash during its upcoming DC Future State publishing initiative. Future State‘s Justice League will be comprised over new characters and legacy heroes, and the team’s resident scarlet speedster will be Jess Chambers, aka Kid Quick, a genderfluid non-binary superhero hailing from Earth-11.

According to Screen Rant, Kid Quick is a member of Earth-11’s Teen Justice, who will make their debut in an eight-page story for Ivan Cohen and Eleonora Carlini’s DC’s Very Merry Multiverse. Kid Quick, will then transition over to Future State: Justice League as the team’s official Flash. Kid Quick’s aunt is current-day speedster Jesse Quick.

“I suggested that Kid Quick could be Earth-11’s first genderfluid character, and once editors saw Eleonora Carlini’s terrific take on the character design, there was suddenly a lot of interest in them for stories beyond the Merry Multiverse Special in December,” Cohen told Screen Rant.

The Justice League of DC Future State will have their secret identities hidden from each other, with a first issue cover featuring new takes on Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Flash, Green Lantern and Aquaman. Other titles under the Justice League Family for DC Future State include Justice League Dark, Swamp Thing, Shazam, Teen Titans and Suicide Squad.

A description of the Justice League Family of Future State titles reads, “A thread of great change runs through the Justice League heroes: a new League is built upon secret identities (even from each other), but an old and evolved enemy will use these secrets to try and overthrow the world. For the supernatural heroes of Justice League Dark, the very fabric of reality has shifted, and heroes are being hunted.”

The solicit for DC’s Very Merry Multiverse can be found below.

Joy to all 52 worlds-it’s time to celebrate the holiday season across the DC Multiverse! In ten stories that will light your yule log and spike your eggnog, Batman decks the gaslit halls, Lobo goes Old Testament in space, Ragman learns the true meaning of Saturnalia, President Superman attempts to figure out how Bizarro stole Christmas, and Harley Quinn tries her hand at interdimensional caroling. These seasonal sagas are sure to help you have yourself a very merry Multiverse!

The DC Future State event will be split into Batman, Superman and Justice League Family of titles consisting of oversized comics, monthly miniseries and one-shots.

DC Future State begins in January 2021. DC’s Very Merry Multiverse goes on sale Dec. 9.


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Tim Adams is an Assistant Editor at CBR, with a focus on feature and news articles, previews and solicitations. He’s been a fan of comics since the 90’s, when his older brother introduced him to the medium. Some of his first memories include receiving a monthly subscription box with Amazing Spider-Man #353, the first part of “Round Robin: The Sidekick’s Revenge,” along with highly successful launches of X-Men #1 and X-Force #1. He hosts a weekly comic book video podcast called Comic Book Chronicles, and you can follow Tim on Twitter @timdogg98 where you can read his ramblings about comics, TV, movies, sports and wrestling.

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Tim Adams is an Assistant Editor at CBR, with a focus on feature and news articles, previews and solicitations. He’s been a fan of comics since the 90’s, when his older brother introduced him to the medium. Some of his first memories include receiving a monthly subscription box with Amazing Spider-Man #353, the first part of “Round Robin: The Sidekick’s Revenge,” along with highly successful launches of X-Men #1 and X-Force #1. He hosts a weekly comic book video podcast called Comic Book Chronicles, and you can follow Tim on Twitter @timdogg98 where you can read his ramblings about comics, TV, movies, sports and wrestling.

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DC Comics to Feature Rashida Tliab, AOC as ‘Heroes’ | Clarion Project

DC Comics, the creator of the iconic Wonder Woman, announced it would be showcasing “17 real-world heroes” in an upcoming anthology slated for a Christmas release.

Titled , the comics will feature – among other “heroes” — Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC).

Both congresswomen are on record as supporting the antisemitic Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) movement against Israel.

In addition, Tlaib has a long history of supporting terror, including:

I was honored to be at Congresswoman @RashidaTlaib swearing in ceremony in #Detroit and private dinner afterward with the entire family, friends and activists across the country. #Palestine #TweetYourThobe #RashidaTlaib pic.twitter.com/caJPN12ODX

— Abbas Hamideh (@Resistance48) January 12, 2019

Comics, by nature, are directed at children. Besides the other social justice warriors and celebrities that will be included in this anthology by DC Comics — whose “achievements” are arguably dubious — including Tlaib and AOC, this book is an egregious misrepresentation of the concept of “hero.”

That it is being marketed to children is a crime.

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DC Comics and DC Universe Hit By Massive WarnerMedia Layoffs

It’s a dire time for DC Comics.

The merger between AT&T and Time Warner into another monolithic media megacorporation has seen a massive wave of layoffs targeted primarily at Warner Bros. this week. One area hit hardest overnight was DC Entertainment, with reports of huge swathes of staff at both DC Comics and DC Universe laid off.

Editor in Chief Bob Harras—who has faced scrutiny for years (along with others) for his alleged protection of employees like accused sexual harasser Eddie Berganza and admitted sexual harasser Scott Lobdell—was another major departure as part of the layoffs. However, Jim Lee, DC’s chief commercial officer, remains in place. Comicbook.com reports that AT&T, for reasons inexplicably unknown, is looking to bring in a general manager “from the world of esports” to replace this lost editorial talent, indicating a grim prospect for the publisher, even as it continues to mine its decades of work for new film and TV properties.

DC Comics was not the only part of the wider DC Entertainment umbrella that was heavily hit by the layoffs. DC Collectibles, the merchandising arm of DC that creates action figures, statues, and other collector memorabilia based on DC properties that have been part of the company for over two decades, has been cut entirely. As part of WarnerMedia’s shifting focus to capitalize on the success of HBO Max, a vast majority of the staff working on the DC Universe streaming platform was also let go. This was something expected and long feared as former DC Universe streaming exclusives like and made their way over to HBO Max, in spite of Max’s continued haphazard relationship with access to Warner’s back catalog of DC comics films.

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Layoffs in the best of times—spurred often by the misunderstanding of the upper echelon on what actually goes on day-to-day at a company–are devastating. During a global pandemic? Downright cruel. Not to mention these come while DC Entertainment should be celebrating its work: in just two weeks, the company is set to kick off DC FanDome, a 24-hour livestream event promising fans a peek into the future of DC in movies like Wonder Woman 1984 and the Zack Snyder re-cut of Justice League, its aforementioned streaming successes, games like the long-awaited Rocksteady Suicide Squad title, and, yes, its comic books. It’s hard to comprehend the excitement for such an event right now—a transmedia cavalcade that could only exist because of the hard work and legacies of a publisher that has just seen its staff decimated.

But with the compounding factors of the novel coronavirus pandemic’s ongoing impact on the comics industry at large—a shakeup that DC itself was a major part of, ending its long-running relationship with monopolistic distributor Diamond Comics to attempt its own path to distribution as comic book stores began to slowly re-open—on top of this, the industry is facing an unprecedented moment of crisis and loss.

Diamond Comics has held an essential monopoly on the distribution of mainstream comics on the…

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‘The Suicide Squad’ Featurette: James Gunn Reinvigorates the Villains of DC Comics

Suicide Squad wasn’t exactly a runaway hit when it arrived in theaters back in 2016. But we can’t disregard it completely since it did give us the gifts of Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller. They’re all back in The Suicide Squad, the latest iteration of the DC Comics villain ensemble, this time with Guardians of the Galaxy franchise director James Gunn behind the camera, and an insane new roster of cast members. If the Suicide Squad featurette that just debuted is any indicator, you’re gonna forget all about that other Suicide Squad movie.

The Suicide Squad Featurette

It’s not a trailer, but this is an awesome look at the DC Comics movie. Every character looks pulled straight from the pages of the comics by John Ostrander, and it takes us out of that dull, dark, and dingy look of the first Suicide Squad movie, I think it’s safe to say we’re going to get something completely different from James Gunn here.

The Suicide Squad has a cast that’s even more stacked than the first movie. Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis, and Joel Kinnaman all reprising their roles, but we have a huge roster of new cast members joining the fray. Idris Elba, John Cena, Storm Reid, Flula Borg, Nathan Fillion, Peter Capaldi, Pete Davidson, David Dastmalchian, Daniela Melchior, Steve AgeeAlice Braga, Sean Gunn, Michael Rooker, Taika Waititi, Joaquín Cosío, Mayling Ng, Juan Diego Botto, Tinashe Kajese, Julio Ruiz, and Jennifer Holland all have some part to play in this movie, and we’ll be learning more about them in the coming months.

James Gunn has said that this movie is “100%, zero interference, no-holds-barred” his vision and style. Unlike the first Suicide Squad movie, which had a lot of studio interference and chopped up director David Ayer’s original plans for the movie. Hopefully that means we’ll get a story that makes much more sense.

The Suicide Squad is currently slated to arrive in theaters on August 6, 2021.

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DC Comics Fans Are Speculating That Colton Haynes Could Be Nightwing

Arrow and American Horror Story star Colton Haynes is fueling speculation he’s in the running for the highly coveted role of former Batman protégé Dick Grayson in Nightwing.

— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) February 11, 2018

“#Nightwing,” Haynes tweeted Saturday, followed by three “hugging face” emoji.

One minute later, Haynes tweeted again, writing, “this is gonna be a great year.”

This is gonna be a great year 🤗🤗🤗

— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) February 11, 2018

The tweets incited a series of comments by fans asking if Haynes will be playing Nightwing, but the actor didn’t respond to the ensuing speculation.

— ISAQUE (@isaqueeuqasi) February 11, 2018

From Arsenal to Nightwing WOAAAAHH

— 🍒 (@AlexLacoste) February 11, 2018

— 🍒 (@AlexLacoste) February 11, 2018

ANSWER THE QUESTION, ARE YOU GONNA BE NIGHTWING????

— Hyrol (@HyrolHaleem) February 11, 2018

Nightwing director Chris McKay took to Twitter Friday to poll fans about their most desired trait in a potential Dick Grayson actor: a movie star who is recognizable, an actor skilled in martial arts, an actor who is of Romani descent, or an actor who is capable of playing “vulnerable” and “emotional.”

The filmmaker said the script is expected “very soon,” but the movie will be a “long process.”

“Don’t expect casting news any time soon,” McKay wrote in a tweet dated February 8, adding: “We are taking our time.”

In September, fans took notice of the Twitter activity of another American Horror Story star, Finn Wittrock, after McKay followed the actor on Twitter.

Power Rangers and Stranger Things 2 star Dacre Montgomery expressed his interest in the role in November by posting a photo of Nightwing, sans caption, on his Twitter and Instagram accounts. Montgomery deleted both posts shortly after posting.

More recently, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star Nick Jonas told ComicBook.com he would be “super down” to play Dick Grayson.

“I didn’t know there was people vying for me to play this role,” Jonas said, telling fans to “keep the chatter alive.”

“If you vote for me, maybe they’ll cast me in it,” he said. “And then, I don’t know, I’ll thank you all later.”

Fans have since nominatedPower Rangers HyperForce star Yoshi Sudarso for the role.

Bill Dubuque, who penned Ben Affleck’s The Accountant, is currently the sole screenwriter on the project. McKay boarded Nightwing last February after helming the animated The LEGO Batman Movie for Warner Bros. Animation.

As Warner Bros. readies to bring Dick Grayson to the DC Extended Universe, the character will appear as Robin in upcoming big screen animated comedy Teen Titans GO! to the Movies.

Arrow airs Thursday nights at 9/8c on The CW.

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After Twenty-Six Years, DC Comics Rumoured to Close Vertigo

Bleeding Cool has been informed by a number of sources this morning that DC Comics is planning to shutter its Vertigo imprint. This has come as quite a surprise to some, as I also understand that DC Comics has just greenlit a number of Vertigo projects for publication. Indeed, there are plans for a big launch of new books for San Diego Comic-Con spearheading a new Vertigo… thing. But I have been told that word has come from on high rather rapidly to make the change, some contracts are being revoked, some creator-owned titles released back to their creators and some will be moved within the publisher. And those affected are being informed.

Vertigo was created in 1993 by Senior DC editor Karen Berger as a publishing imprint for DC’s stories with more graphic or adult content that could not fit within the restrictions of the Comics Code Authority, thus allowing more creative freedom than DC’s main imprint. These comics were free to contain explicit violence, substance and drug abuse, sexuality, nudity, profanity, and other controversial subjects, similar to the content of R-rated films. DC was already publishing titles such as Animal Man, Hellblazer, Sandman, Swamp Thing and Doom Patrol in this fashion, Vertigo provided a banner for these and many more titles to come.

How Vertigo changed things for the better.

Although its initial publications were primarily in the horror and fantasy genres, it has also published works dealing with crime, social commentary, speculative fiction, biography, and other genres, with a mix of company and creator-owned work. It pioneered the now-common publishing model, in which monthly series are periodically comprised into collected editions which are kept in print for bookstore sale.

Vertigo series of note, as well as the above, include Sandman, Preacher, 100 Bullets, Y: The Last Man, Transmetropolitan (after moving there from the sci-fi imprint Helix) and Fables. Several of its publications have been adapted as films including Constantine, and Stardust, as well as TV shows Constantine, iZombie, Lucifer, Preacher, Doom Patrol and Swamp Thing. It has also been used to retrospectively house titles such as Watchmen, A History of Violence and V For Vendetta, all made into movies.

When things started to go south.

Vertigo has suffered a number of blows in recent years. After a proud presentation amongst Warner Bros vice presidents, then-chairman Alan Horn asked why more Vertigo series weren’t being turned into TV shows or movies. On being told that this was because many were creator-owned, he demanded changes to the contracts, that saw bankable stars such as Warren Ellis, Garth Ennis, Grant Morrison and Neil Gaiman look elsewhere for new work and better deals. With subsequent contractual changes only making things worse.

As part of the reorganization of DC Comics, the imprint lost the right to use DC Comics-established characters such as Swamp Thing and Doom Patrol – though they kept Hellblazer going for a short while.

The firing of Karen and Shelly.

As part of those reorganizations, DC Comics placed Vertigo under editorial control of Hank Kanalz and then Bob Harras, effectively demoting Vertigo founder and senior editor Karen Berger. who previously reported directly to the publisher and president, Paul Levitz, though there were often issues there. Soon after, she was fired by DC Comics. After a period of gardening leave, she set up Berger Books at Dark Horse, drawing on much of the Vertigo talent she had nurtured at the imprint. DC would also fire her successor Shelly Bond, who would do likewise, setting up Black Crown at IDW. Oversight of Vertigo was placed under Jamie S. Rich, until Mark Doyle became the current senior editor.

Other publishers stepped up their creator-owned game with better deals and greater publicity, including Image Comics, Dark Horse, Oni Press, Boom Studios and more. It has been notable that even a launch title from the likes of Vault and Black Mask can double or triple the launch of a new comic book from Vertigo. There has been talk of a Vertigo taint in the eyes of retailers, which not even the recent could counter.

The 2018 relaunch that fizzled.

A recent relaunch last year alongside the Sandman titles saw the announcement of Border Town by Eric Esquivel and Ramon Villalobos – cancelled in December after four published and two unpublished issues, after harassment allegations against Esquivel. Second Coming by Mark Russell and Richard Pace – cancelled before its debut over content concerns – finding a new home at Ahoy Comics. Hex Wives by Ben Blacker and Mirka Andolfo –  which ended after 6 issues. American Carnage by Bryan Hill and Leandro Fernandez. Goddess Mode by Zoe Quinn and Robbi Rodriguez, which has been getting later on the schedules. High Level by Rob Sheridan and Barnaby Bagenda. And the currently unscheduled Safe Sex by Tina Horn and Mike Dowling. It didn’t set the world on fire.

At its peak, it was the very best American comics had to offer. But internal politics within Warners and DC Comics saw them kill the golden goose and for some time now, it has been a zombie itself. Attempts to revive it with Sandman Presents and new titles from prominent names have not succeeded.

What happens now?

It is likely that titles such as Lucifer and the other titles from the Sandman Presents line may continue at DC Comics. And creator-owned titles that DC has given up on may find new homes at other publishers. There are also a number of live TV and movie projects based on Vertigo titles that could conceivably keep them being published at DC, for now at least. Sandman books will no doubt continue to come out from the publisher as well as Young Animal books.

And there is still the planned San Diego Comic-Con launch. Will it be repurposed? Changed? Dropped? Or is all of this a lot of bunkum?

If Vertigo goes (#Vertigone?) it will be a sad day for many, not just those employed at Vertigo or with books there. Vertigo was the first brand to successfully sell a line of adult-focused comic books into comic stores and bookshops and created its own Vertigo zombies who would pick up every title, it would take risks but would never losing its focus on commercial appeal. It was the Miramax of comic books, and it kept comic book readers from quitting once they grew out of superheroes –  and helped placate those who hadn’t grown out of superheroes.

DC Comics representatives declined to comment when approached today. We will run any developments as and when we are made aware of them.

Jude, reset the counter, will you?

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Central Park Bird Watcher Christian Cooper Writes DC Comics Graphic Novel: It’s Now Free Online

Write what you know.

It’s oft-cited advice for writers both beginning and established.

Thus, Jules, the teenage boy at the center of Christian Cooper’s , the first entry in DC Comics’ digital-first anthology series , is a birdwatcher, like the author.

And the binoculars that were a 50th birthday gift from Cooper’s father, a Korean War vet and Civil Rights activist, serve as models for the ones Jules is none too thrilled to receive, despite his grandpa’s belief that they possess special powers.

Cooper, who was was Marvel’s first openly gay writer and editor, introducing a number of queer characters before devoting himself to science writing, also draws on recent personal history that is more fraught.

Although the location has shifted from New York City’s Central Park to a suburban green space bordered with large, well-kept homes, including Jules’, the young man’s encounter with an indignant white woman and her off-leash dog should ring any number of bells.

In late May, Cooper became the subject of national news, when he confronted Amy Cooper (no relation) over her violation of park rules, tired of the havoc uncontrolled dogs wreak on birds who call the park home. Ms. Cooper escalated things quickly by calling 911, claiming she was being threatened by an African-American man. Cooper recorded the incident as a matter of protocol, and his sister shared the video on social media later that day.

The same day that George Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

What Jules sees through the lenses of his grandfather’s binoculars contains an element of fantasy, but is also deeply rooted in reality—the faces of Amidou Diallo, Breonna Taylor, Floyd, and other Black people who have died as a result of excessive, unwarranted police force.

When DC first approached him about tapping his experience for his first comic in over two decades, Cooper was reluctant:

I thought, “I don’t know, DC Comics? Superheroes? Not sure how that’s going to work.” We kicked around a couple of ideas. They said they had gotten the title, I’m not sure exactly from who, but somebody pretty high up in the DC food chain: “It’s a Bird.” It took me half a beat. “Oh…I get what you did there.” Once I had the title, the story wrote itself.

It’s a Bird artist Aletha E. Martinez, a pioneer whose 20-year career has included inking such superhero heavy hitters as the Black Panther, Iron Man, Batgirl, and X-Men, also pulled from personal experience when rendering Jules’ expression after the binoculars reveal the circumstances of George Floyd’s death:

I saw that look on my son’s face three years ago after we left North Carolina, and we were coming home to New York. We were stopped going into the airport. We travel so often—cons, in and out of the country. These two security guards started to harass us. They wanted to take my purse. “Where are you from?” You hear my voice, there’s no accent in my voice. It ended up with them saying, “You should travel with your passport.” This is after backing us up in the corner, and why? I’m an American citizen born on this soil, so is my son. I don’t need a passport to travel within my country. This is our day and age.

I watched my son’s face change, and he never quite walked up again looking happy going to the airport. Now he has on armor. That face you see? That’s my kid.

can be read for free on participating digital platforms (see links below), and Cooper is hopeful that it will inspire young people to find out more about some of the real life characters Jules spies through his binoculars. To that end, an appendix touches on some biographical details:

We not only give the bare bones details of how they died, but also a little bit about them, because they were people. They weren’t just want happened to them. I hope young people (are) inspired to keep the focus where it needs to be, which is on those we have lost and how we keep from losing more. There are people who are invested in distracting us right now, and there are people who want to distract us from their failures on so many other things. That’s not what this moment is about. This moment is about the ones we’ve lost, and how we’re going to keep from losing any more. And if you’re not talking about that, I don’t want to hear it.

Read  for free on readdc.com, Comixology, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and other participating digital platforms.

Read an interview with Cooper and Martinez, from which the quotes in this post are drawn, on DC’s blog.

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Melissa McCarthy to Star Alongside Tiffany Haddish in New DC Comics Movie

Melissa McCarthy is getting serious for her next role – in a DC Comics movie?

According to Deadline, the fan-favorite comedic actress has just joined New Line and DC Entertainment’s big screen adaptation of The Kitchen. McCarthy now becomes the second comedian to board the crime adaptation, joining fellow comedian, and one of Hollywood’s rising stars, Tiffany Haddish. The latter was cast in the film late last year.

For those who aren’t familiar, The Kitchen is a comic series published under DC’s Vertigo imprint. Created by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle, the limited series ran for eight issues beginning in late 2014.

The Kitchen is set in 1970s New York City, and features three female leads in gritty, anti-hero roles. In the comics, the FBI captures leaders of the Irish mafia, and their ruthless business must continue during their incarceration. A trio of mob wives then take over for their husbands, hoping to keep things running.

Andrea Berloff, writer of Straight Outta Compton, will direct The Kitchen in addition to penning the screenplay. This will mark Berloff’s directorial debut. Michael De Luca will produce the film.

This movie will continue the New Line partnership for both McCarthy and DC Entertainment. The latter has produced and starred in Tammy and the upcoming Life of the Party for the studio. Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam, based on the DC Comics character, is also being produced by New Line.

At this time, The Kitchen doesn’t have a reported release date.

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DC Comics is About to Give Us a Black Batman

The hot gossip coming out of comic book shows this weekend from a number of prominent sources, is that in the summer of 2020 leading into 2021, 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.

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.

There are a number of character in the Batbooks who could be well-placed, aside from Duke, to take the role. These include Black Lightning, who current works with Batman in The Outsiders comic book.

And then there’s Batwing – originally Congolese pilot David Zavimbe, now son of Lucius Fox, Luke Fox.

Or it could be someone new.

Once upon a time, comic book writer Mark Millar pranked Ed Brubaker, then writing Batman comic books. Millar posed as a journalist and asking an increasingly-frustrated Ed why Batman wasn’t black and why he couldn’t just be black some of the time. Looks like he was just a little ahead of his time…

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