[Patreon Exclusive] Gangland Dreamland: Batman in 2020

Joker squats on Batman's chest, menacingly looking down on him and knocking on his forehead with his fist as a bloodied Batman grits his teeth beneath his mask

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2020 was not a good year to be Batman. In the pages of the comics, he had his own company and all of the gadgets that come with it swiped from under his nose by his archenemy – the premise of “Joker War”, a big-event storyline spearheaded by writer James Tynion IV and artist Jorge Jiménez. In the real world, meanwhile, the character faced adversity of a different sort. Not only was the latest Batman film delayed by lead actor Robert Pattinson catching COVID-19, but the year’s events placed a large portion of cultural discourse directly against the ethos of this fictional hero. [Read Doris’ full essay on our Patreon]

Doris V. Sutherland

Doris V. Sutherland

Horror historian, animation addict and tubular transdudette. Catch me on Twitter @dorvsutherland, or view my site at dorisvsutherland.com. If you like my writing enough to fling money my way, then please visit patreon.com/dorvsutherland or ko-fi.com/dorvsutherland.