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'Rogue One' co-writer Gary Whitta takes on Batman vs. aliens comic for DC

Batman: Fortress arrives this May from DC Comics.

By Matthew Jackson

You probably know Gary Whitta best from his screenwriting work on films like The Book of EliAfter Earth, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. But Whitta's versatility extends beyond his ability to write for both film and television. He's also worked on video games, novels, and comic books. Now, he's taking his talents to DC Comics with a story centered on Batman, a mysterious alien invasion, and a mystery that promises a major shift in how we see a certain Man of Steel. 

DC announced Tuesday that Whitta and his Oliver co-creator, artist Darick Robertson (The Boys, Transmetropolitan), will re-team for Batman: Fortress, an eight-issue miniseries that follows the Caped Crusader at the center of a crisis, apparently without Superman in his corner. It all begins when a mysterious alien ship emerges and unleashes chaos on Earth. Blackouts, panic, and general fear grip the globe, and with Superman somehow out of the picture, it's up to Batman to marshal the forces of Earth's heroes, all while still holding down the crime wave that's plaguing his home city of Gotham. 

“It’s always been my dream to write a truly epic Batman story, one that draws inspiration from some dark and unexpected corners of the DC universe,” Whitta said in a press release. “The opportunity to once again collaborate with my friend Darick Robertson makes this all the sweeter. I hope that together we’ve done justice to some of DC’s most iconic characters, while at the same time reinventing everything you thought you knew about them…”

Though the series carries Batman's name, and it's always fun to watch DC's ultimate master planner take on massive global crises as only he can, Batman: Fortress is promising something more than a great Batman story. According to DC's announcement, this is a series with the potential to change everything we thought we knew about Superman, Batman's closest ally and friend. What that means right now is unclear, but we know it'll unfold through Robertson's artwork, which you can check out in the covers below. 


“This has been my first opportunity to collaborate with my Oliver co-creator Gary Whitta for DC, on a character that is one of my all-time favorites to draw,” Robertson said. “I'm having the best time creating the art for this series and with my pal and original The Boys editor, Ben Abernathy at the helm, it's been a dream project, with a lot of fun twists and surprises ahead for the readers!”

Batman: Fortress launches May 24.