Sean Gordon Murphy Brings Jack Napier To DC Comics

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Creator Sean Gordon Murphy is writing and drawing a Batman seven-issue miniseries for DC Comics (Batman: White Knight), and he just received approval from Warner Bros. to use the Jack Napier version of Joker. This would be the Joker played by Jack Nicholson in Tim Burton’s 1989 ‘Batman.’

“Frank Miller modeled him after David Bowie. Chris Nolan showed him as a controlled sociopath. I see the Joker as Don Draper,” said Murphy to Wired.

Murphy tweeted his excited this morning:

About Batman: White Knight:
Set in a world where the Joker is cured of his insanity and homicidal tendencies, The Joker, now known as “Jack,” sets about trying to right his wrongs. First by reconciling with Harley Quinn and then by trying to save Gotham city from the one person who he thinks is truly Gotham’s greatest villain—the Batman.

“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. 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,” said Murphy to Wired.

Batman: White Knight hits your local comic book store on October 4.

What do you think of Murphy’s creative choice? Comment below.

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  1. Forgive me if this is a dumb question, but I’m not clear on one thing (may just be a lack of reading comprehension 😛 ):

    It says the Joker is called Jack in White Knight (which I just now heard about, and it sounds awesome), so is this story that he’s using Jack Napier for, or is it an additional new story that he just received approval for?


    • Murphy is only working on two Batman titles. All-Star and White Knight – Jack Napier will be used in White Knight. But there are 3 different Jokers running around in the DC Comics universe.

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