Batman Tackles Racism, Police Brutality

A new Batman comic is taking on a very real issue.

In this latest installment of the DC Comics franchise, The Dark Knight finds himself entangled in an investigation involving a Black teen in a dark hoodie who was shot dead by a white police officer.

The issue is part of DC Comics’ flagship Batman series, and comes a little over a year after 18-year-old Michael Brown, a Black Missouri teen, was shot dead by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white.

The superhero will deal with police brutality and its intersection with urban poverty and gentrification related to race.

In the character’s entire 75-year history, it’s hard to remember Batman ever addressing such issues.

Police corruption has always been a main theme in the comic strip, but race, particularly how police authority impacts Black people, has not been.

Batman #44 begins with a raw image of a dead Black boy, his body left “for the crows.” He wears a hooded sweatshirt, just like Trayvon Martin did before George Zimmerman fatally wounded him in 2012. The issue’s title, “A Simple Case,” is anything but.