Gregg Hurwitz Takes Over ‘The Dark Knight’

The writer of the great Penguin: Pain and Prejudice mini takes over Batman's most anemic title.

Andy Hunsakerby Andy Hunsaker

Penguin: Pain and Prejudice #5

Batman: The Dark Knight has been an abject lesson in how NOT to reboot legendary characters.  Like "One-Face."  Gregg Hurwitz's extremely dark Penguin: Pain and Prejudice miniseries has been exemplary in turning Oswald Cobblepot into an extremely potent and scary villain for Gotham City.  So it makes perfect sense that the most anemic of Bat-titles is getting a quality creative change when Hurwitz takes over the writing duties with #10 in June, while David Finch will stay on as artist.  You want a Dark Knight?  Hurwitz can give you dark.

“Okay. So this is the job I’ve been waiting to get since I was eight years old," Hurwitz gushed. "I’m thrilled to be tackling one of the world’s greatest characters with one of the industry’s greatest artists. Finch and I are very fired up to take the Batman into dark and dangerous new terrain, presenting a story that’ll be epic and sweeping and juuust a little bit twisted."

"We’re gonna see a cornerstone villain from a whole new angle, too," he continued. "I’ve always been fascinated by Jonathan Crane—not just what makes him tick, but what could have happened in his past to make him obsessed with fear at the expense of all else. And perhaps that particular obsession isn’t so different from the demons that drive the Dark Knight. As I discovered when writing Penguin: Pain and Prejudice – Batman fits uniquely with the villains in his rogue’s gallery. They are two sides of the same coin, yin and yang, ego and shadow. But in some cases, maybe the match is even closer. Maybe instead of ego and shadow, it’s shadow and shadow. Maybe when Batman looks in the mirror, the Scarecrow’s face is looking out. We’re used to Batman teaching his villains a lesson, but this time the Scarecrow might have something to teach Batman, too. Right now, I’m knee deep in straw and burlap, trying to stitch together a tale I hope you’ll find familiar yet new, a twist on a classic. It’s gonna get bumpy and scary and bit unhinged, so buckle up for the ride.”

 

Here's a preview of the last issue of Penguin: Pain and Prejudice, just for a taste of what you'll be getting in Batman: The Dark Knight.

 

Penguin: Pain and Prejudice #5

 

Penguin: Pain and Prejudice #5

 

Penguin: Pain and Prejudice #5

 

Penguin: Pain and Prejudice #5

 

Penguin: Pain and Prejudice #5

 

Penguin: Pain and Prejudice #5