At Paste magazine, writer/artist Sean Gordon Murphy has announced “Batman: Curse of the White Knight,” the sequel to his DC Black Label miniseries “Batman: White Knight,” which will be released sometime next year. The second installment of the “Murphyverse” will feature a new take on Azrael teaming up with the Joker. Here’s the synopsis:
In this explosive sequel to Sean Murphy’s critically acclaimed blockbuster BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT, the Joker recruits a savage partner to help him expose a shocking revelation about the Wayne family’s legacy and run Gotham into the ground. As Batman rushes to protect the city and his loved ones from this corrupt conspiracy, the mystery of his ancestry unravels and deals a devastating blow to the Dark Knight. Exciting new villains and unexpected allies will clash across history in this unforgettable chapter of the WHITE KNIGHT saga—and the truth about the blood they shed will shake Gotham to its core!
Released over eight issues from October 2017 to May 2018, “Batman: White Knight” saw Murphy reimagine the Joker as a sympathetic anti-hero, transforming him into a politician named Jack Napier, who inspires the concerned citizens appalled by Batman. Murphy’s interview with Paste largely focuses on the first series, which comes out in trade paperback on October 3, but he does make this comment about the sequel’s take on Azrael: “For ‘Batman: Curse of the White Knight,’ I’m rewriting a former Batman ally to become a threat far greater than the Joker ever was. But more on that later.” He also teased that there will be “an even better” car chase scene than the one from the first series.