DC Comics is moving the Dark Knight from his fictional home to the very real crime riddled streets of New York.
One of the things that always separated DC Comics from Marvel Comics was their cities. Marvel had their heroes living in real life cities while DC always posted their heroes in fictionalized cities like Gotham, Metropolis, Coast City, and Midway City.
So why the change now?
The newly-minted Batman, Jace Fox, will be making his intentions to leave Gotham in February 8, 2022’s I Am Batman #6, with both him and the entire Fox family relocating to New York City. According to DC, upcoming storylines in I Am Batman and the Batman family titles will lead Jace, and his father Lucius – owner of Wayne Enterprises – to agree that their family needs to move.
DC tells Newsarama that this will be a “permanent” move for the I Am Batman title.
“I’m incredibly excited about charting this new direction for Jace and the Fox family,” says I Am Batman writer John Ridley. “This new setting is a great opportunity to do some really creative world-building and give Jace his own allies, adversaries, and challenges that will continue to shape and define him as his own character under the cape and cowl.”
Titled ‘Empire State of Mind,’ I Am Batman #6 will be drawn by Ken Lashley, alongside colorist Rex Lokus and letterer Troy Peteri.