Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Batman vs. bin Laden

IGN: WonderCon '06: Holy Terror, Batman!

No joke. The Dark Knight mastermind himself, Frank Miller, is deep into writing a new graphic novel featuring the caped crusader defending Gotham City from al Qaeda. Miller is unabashedly saying he intends the work to be anti-terror propaganda, a throwback to the days when Captain America battled Nazis, the Red Skull, and Hitler himself.

Miller says the work is an emotionally raw story featuring a hero reacting to an attack on his beloved city. He also intends the book to be "a reminder to people who seem to have forgotten who we're up against." To that end, it seems likely Miller's previously complex Batman will have to give up some of his demons to throw the evil of al Qaeda into sharper relief.

Or maybe Miller can keep his hero dark while making the enemy darker still, sending a more subtle message about the nature of dirty shadow wars.

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