The world of Gotham City Garage is a harsh one, one that includes a Dark Knight like you've never seen before.
Based on the hit DC Collectibles statue line, Gotham City Garage takes place in a barren landscape, save for the Utopia city created by Lex Luthor. It's also where Batman calls home, but as writers Jackson Lanzing and Colin Kelly revealed to ScreenRant, this Batman has more in common with Judge Dredd than the hero you remember.
"The world basically clicked into place when we realized that rather than trying to tell a… it’s not an Elseworlds. We found a bifurcation point. So thirty years back within the history of the DCU, something fundamental changed – something we call The Dark Age. And that essentially wiped out the world. Destroyed all the cities and left only one: Gotham. And that’s what Luthor built his super city on that he calls The Garden."
The lack of one particular person drastically changed Batman's world, with Lanzing adding "This is a universe where Superman never existed. Where the only iteration of Batman this universe knows is, essentially, a Judge Dredd character in The Garden… working for Luthor."
It's certainly a bold move to an iconic character, and of course, will draw comparisons to Marvel's treatment of Captain America recently. While
"Please, bring it on! If you think that’s heresy, wait for the rest of the book" said
For the creators it's about stripping away assumptions and breaking these heroes down to their core traits, seeing what comes when you attempt to rebuild them in a different way.
"When we meet The Bat he is a force of nature, he is a thing to be feared, a thing to be run from, he is the darkness and the shadow that brings you to justice. And what am I describing? I’m describing Batman, it’s just that the laws he’s holding up are not the laws that we understand as being ‘good’ laws. So ultimately, over time, whether or not Bruce Wayne starts to recognize what he’s become a part of – that’s a great question for us. Is he still a good man in there? Let’s see, right? We’re not trying to change the core of the character, we’re trying to take away the assumptions so we can get to the core of the character."
Batman won't be the only character to get a rework, as his nemesis the Joker is undergoing a transformation into a Harley Quinn superfan, who is much more of an anti-hero in this story. While it is certainly different, it should be immensely entertaining.
Gotham City Garage #1 will be written by Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing with art by Brian Ching. You can find the official description below.
A new series inspired by the DC Collectibles statue line! It’s been decades since Governor Lex Luthor turned Gotham City into a modern utopia, saving his people from the devastation that made the rest of the continent a wasteland. But his city isn’t paradise for everyone. If the Lexes network
Gotham City Garage #1 hits digital first on August 16, 2017.