Sean Gordon Murphy took to social media to debate the previous, current and way forward for his White Knight saga, which deconstructs Batman and Gotham Metropolis.
Sean Gordon Murphy, the author and illustrator behind DC’s Batman: White Knight trilogy, wrote in an Instagram Story that he wasn’t sure if he’d be up for future tales starring the Darkish Knight following the tip of Past the White Knight, which concludes in February.
“Okay, now the BIG query: will there be a quantity 4?” Murph wrote in a sequence of Story posts on Instagram that detailed his ideas on the sequence. “Past ends on an enormous cliffhanger and I’ve a narrative for v4 that I am very enthusiastic about. However I am unsure if it will proceed, as a result of I have been doing Batman since 2017, and it may be clever to depart and reinvent myself so my profession does not get stale.”
“DC has given me all the things they will, which is not all the time straightforward due to the layoffs, the dwindling assets and the present hunch of the business,” Murphy continued in his submit, thanking the workforce of contributors and editors on the firm who had let him obtain his artistic imaginative and prescient. “…Really, I am nothing however grateful to DC.”
The White Knight Universe
Murphy, who has additionally labored on varied DC/Vertigo books, together with American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest and Hellblazer, started his deep dive into Gotham Metropolis in 2017 with White Knight. The sequence continued in 2019 with Curse of the White Knight and is now wrapping up with Past.
The so-called “Murphyverse” has progressed from exhibiting Batman in a darkish place — mistrusting all of his allies and beating the Joker inside an inch of his life — to changing into a extra trusting, aged crimefighter who accepts the darkish truths of the Wayne Household and even provides away his fortune for the nice of Gotham Metropolis. The Joker and Harley Quinn have additionally been deconstructed, with Murphy exploring Joker’s good alter ego — named Jack Napier after the 1989 Batman film — and turning Harley into a good crimefighter with romantic emotions for Bruce Wayne.
Past the White Knight gives the sequence with Murphy’s interpretation of the cyberpunk Neo-Gotham of Batman Past, and has included recent twists like Duke Thomas as Robin and a half-Asian Terry McGuinness assuming the position of the brand new Batman. The ultimate difficulty of Past the White Knight, written and illustrated by Murphy with letters by Josh Reed and variant covers by Dave Stewart, Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion, hits comedian guide retailer cabinets on Feb. 14.