Why is Batman White Knight resonating so well with comic book collectors? Or maybe a better question is, what kind of magic is Sean Murphy working? The first issue has gone into 4 printings and the second issue now has 3 printings. This mini-series is hot!
In an effort to understand the hype, I listened to an interview with Sean Murphy and read the issues with the intent to analyze them. I believe these are wildly popular because of Sean’s Batman knowledge, real-world doubts, and creative vision. Let me give you examples of each to prove the point.
Batman Knowledge –
The Batmobile isn’t just a car, it’s a morphed version of the 1989 Tim Burton Batman, Batman Beyond, and Christopher Nolan’s Tumbler Batmobile.
There are Victorian influences from Gotham by Gaslight. Gotham City has a Victorian-era feel, Arkham Asylum is a Dracula castle, Napier has a raised Victorian collar.
Joker’s cell is a Batman shrine. There is a lunchbox from the 70’s, a WB Batman Animated Bust and poster from the 90’s, Murphy’s Black and white statue from 2013. There are seven different versions of the Batmobile, an Imaginext Batcave, 1989 Batman figure from ToyBiz and so many other toys.
This isn’t someone who has little or no knowledge of the character, Sean is a Batman aficionado.
Real-World Doubts –
For years people have wondered how Batman could go so long without getting recorded. Everyone has a smartphone on them at virtually every moment. Sean Murphy shows Batman getting recorded at his worst moment and it goes viral. All of these other issues were brought up in Batman White Knight #1.
How is he not liable for the damage he causes?
How does he go through the city with no license plates or insurance?
How does GCPD not get crucified by the press for allowing Batman to exist?
How can Batman beat people up without getting charged with assault?
Each of these real-world doubts has surfaced in comic book forums and friendly arguments for years. Now someone, Sean Murphy, is addressing these issues directly and it makes Batman more plausible.
Batman and Joker’s symbiotic relationship
Giving Joker David Bowe eyes, one of each color.
The two Harley Quinn’s and their differences.
Alfred, poor Alfred
A female supervillain named Neo Joker
If you haven’t picked up Batman White Knight you really are missing a great story and some fantastic art. Here is a link to Comics Price Guide for the series and a link to the interview with Jim Lee and Sean Murphy. They have sound issues for the first 4 minutes and beyond but it’s good information.