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Murphy Promises the Joker Harley Quinn Deserves in Batman: White Knight

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Murphy Promises the Joker Harley Quinn Deserves in Batman: White Knight

Upon the series’ official announcement Friday, fans finally got the full scoop surrounding writer-artist Sean Gordon Murphy’s new Gotham-centric eight-issue miniseries Batman: White Knight. The bold new take on the Batman mythos sees a strange version of the Joker, as a Don Draper-inspired media influencer and protector of Gotham, while a bat-costumed Bruce Wayne is framed as the city’s criminal.

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In a Twitter Q&A the writer-artist ran Friday, Murphy shed some light on some story details, revealing among other goodies that this take on the Joker will be one Harley Quinn actually “wanted.”

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Additionally, Murphy revealed that several familiar faces — villains in particular — from Batman: The Animated Series will show up over the course of his eight-issue epic.

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Teasing some of his pencils for the series, Murphy also indicated that fan-favorite Gothamite and GCPD detective Renee Montoya (who has gone on to become the Question in other continuity) will feature in the series.

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“My main goal was to undo the comic tropes while changing Gotham from a comic book city into a real city—a city dealing with everything from Black Lives Matter to the growing wage gap,” Murphy teased upon the series’ announcement. “[But] rather than write a comic about the wage gap, I gave those ideas to the Joker, who leads a kind of media war against Gotham’s elite by winning people over with his potent observations and rhetoric.”

“It’s sexy to think crime can be stopped with a fist, but the real solution is a lot more boring than that: education, increasing wages, and building trust,” Murphy added. “The line Batman rides between ‘noble vigilante’ and ‘overzealous oppressor’ will always be shifting as our own society changes.”

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“We know the Joker is a genius, we know he’s relentless, and we know he can play the crowd, so why not make him a politician?” Murphy said of the Joker’s new role. “Frank Miller modeled him after David Bowie. Chris Nolan showed him as a controlled sociopath. I see the Joker as Don Draper.”

Batman: White Knight #1, by Sean Gordon Murphy, arrives in stores Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017.

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