The Dark Knight is Given a New Costume and Maybe a New Robin in the Latest Issue of Batman

Thursday, 24 March 2016 - 7:37PM
DC Comics
Batman
Thursday, 24 March 2016 - 7:37PM
The Dark Knight is Given a New Costume and Maybe a New Robin in the Latest Issue of Batman
Many comic fans were devastated to hear that Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo will be leaving the main Batman title after issue #51. They've had one of the longest runs of any creative team to ever take the title, spanning from June 2011 to May 2016. They've retold the story of Batman's first year on the job, created one of the greatest comic villains in recent history with the Court of Owls, and simultaneously killed off both Batman and the Joker in Endgame. Most recently, they've told the story of Bruce Wayne's return to the cape and cowl as well as Jim Gordon's attempt at being Batman.  

That story finally came to its conclusion this week, as Bruce Wayne finally regained his memories and put on the cape and cowl after almost a year long break from being Batman. Of course, the brand new enemy, Mr. Bloom, was defeated, Jim Gordon went back to being a regular detective, and Bruce Wayne finally went back to being Batman.  

Interestingly enough, though Batman's return did mark the change in the battle, Jim Gordon was essentially the hero of this story. He was the one who technically defeated Bloom, and the story finished by accentuating one of its central themes - the world needs heroes, not superheroes. It's regular people, not those in capes and cowls, who will be responsible for changing this world for the better. Maybe those capes and cowls can inspire mankind, but they can never actually save it. Of course, this theme was more than a bit metafictional.

There were some exciting things about issue #50 that could mark some big changes for the future of Batman. For one, Bruce got a new costume, one that has the central black bat on his chest outlined in yellow. His utility belt is similarly outlined, and to be honest, this new getup is really quite an interesting and delightful change. As Capullo's leaving the book, it'll be interesting to see if the next artist keeps this new concept or goes back to something a bit more familiar.

Also, it seems as if a moment that's been building for the past three years may have finally come to fruition, as Bruce popped in on Duke Thomas saying, "Duke…I have an offer for you." Duke helped Batman during Zero Yero, and his parents were lost for a while after the events of Endgame. He joined the We Are Robin movement (a beautiful book written by Lee Bermejo), and had been working on his own throughout Snyder and Capullo's Superheavy arc. It seems that Duke will likely be the first black Robin to actually fight side by side with Batman!

Of course, he won't be the first Robin to be of a different ethnicity. Damian Wayne, Bruce's son, is technically half Middle Eastern. However, he hasn't played too large of a role in Snyder and Capullo's run, and for the past year or so, Damian's been off doing his own thing and having his own adventures. It's great to see DC's keeping their word on using more diverse comic characters though, and the fact that fans may finally be getting the first black Robin is definitely a reason to be excited.  

In the end, Snyder and Capullo's Superheavy arc really turned out to be quite the success. They somehow told a story where Jim Gordon is Batman and actually succeeded in making it a really interesting and engaging book. Seeing Bruce going from being totally ignorant of his past to making the decision to regain his memories and become Batman again was equally exciting, and that park bench conversation between he and the Joker was one of the biggest highlights of the story. The creative team will no doubt be missed by fans, but they've promised to come back to Gotham again before they hang up their pens and pencils. Fans will undoubtedly be patiently waiting for the day Snyder and Capullo reunite to invent yet another genius tale about the Dark Knight of Gotham and the forces of evil he's constantly keeping at bay.
Science Fiction
Comic Book News
DC Comics
Batman