Forget the Riddler and the Joker, the Caped Crusader’s newest enemy is none other than al-Qaeda, in an upcoming graphic novel called “Holy Terror, Batman.” Terrorists attack Bruce Wayne’s hometown of Gotham, and his alter ego decides to even the score.
Batman writer Frank Miller says the novel is "an explosion from my gut reaction of what’s happening now" and "a reminder to people who seem to have forgotten who we're up against," reported The New York Post.
"It just seems silly to chase around the Riddler when you've got al-Qaeda out there," he said, adding that there's plenty of historical precedent for comic-book icons taking on real-life villains.Real life slips into our pop culture, so why not comics? If anything is wrong with this is that it makes bin Laden into more of a mythological character. If Batman can enter the real world, does that not mean bin Laden is a cartoon super villain? I’m not sure if that is a good development.
"Superman punched out Hitler. So did Captain America. That's one of the things they're there for," Miller said during a panel discussion at a comic-book convention in San Francisco. "Batman kicks al-Qaeda’s ass"
But if it happens and gets turned into a movie, what Batman would be the best to battle The Terrorist? Michael Keaton’s jokey version? Val Kilmer’s sullen crusader? George Clooney’s nipple-suited hero, or the latest, Gotham psycho Christian Bale?
Personally I think it should be TV’s original, played by Adam West. He’s had a revival as the mayor on The Family Guy, why not get him fighting bin Laden? Perhaps he could teach him The Batusi.