Batman’s mysterious new villain in the comics considers himself none other than the White Knight of Gotham!
Warning: spoiler alert!
The Dual story, featured in Batman: Black and White # 2, just brought Batman face to face with a new and dangerous villain, the White Bat (White Bat). After rumors of the violence used by the mysterious vigilante spread, the Dark Knight begins to pursue him. What Batman doesn’t know, however, is that this new villain threatens not only Gotham, but the hero himself, as he will take the duality between the Dark Knight and Bruce Wayne to the extreme (CBR).
In the plot, Batman has been looking for White Bat for six nights, and the new antagonist has grown increasingly violent. White Bat has previously beaten ordinary street criminals to death, attacked people in their homes, arrested homeless people at the zoo, and euthanized patients who depended on hospital support for their lives. At the scene of all the crimes, White Bat leaves a bundle of money.
Following a trail of smoke from Gotham, Batman appears to be closing in on White Bat, but he’s always late. Still, what Bruce sees when he finds him brings up more questions than answers: The villain is almost identical to Batman himself, and he also dresses like Gotham’s Bat, the only differences being the color of her costume, which is white, and her eyes, described as “soulless” white eyes.
Investigating a map left behind by the antagonist, Alfred discovers that the map had been painted on an old Wayne corporate map, from when they were still called Wayne Co. From there they trace the map back to ‘to the mysterious Ewan Bryce, of whom there is no information except to add his name to Bruce’s bank account.
In another demonstration of being a “negative” version of Batman, the White Bat uses a white version of the Bat-Airplane, through which it invades the communication frequency used by Batman. The villain then claims to want the four walls of Batman’s house and all the rooms in it.
As the two clash in the sky, a third, much larger plane approaches. The dispute over the two causes both engines to explode and Batman crashes into the massive third plane. While exploring it, Batman comes across another version of the Batcave, in which he meets an elderly man who greets Bruce, calling him a son.
The true identity of the White Bat is not yet clear, but the old man Bruce meets appears to be none other than Thomas Wayne – or at least a portrayal of Batman’s father.
The story points out, however, that whatever the White Bat is, it parallels Batman, showing who he could be if he stayed alive in the past, never overcoming the tragedies in his life and indulging in his most violent impulses. Although dressed in white, the White Bat comes across as an even darker reflection of who Batman could be, if he let his grief and anger consume him.
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