Dr. Leslie Thompkins has words with Bruce in Batman: The Imposter #1 preview

Batman: The Imposter #1 excerpt
Batman: The Imposter #1 excerpt (Image credit: DC/Black Label)

What if Batman existed in the real world? That's the concept behind the upcoming mature-readers DC series Batman: The Imposter (opens in new tab). Consider this an unofficial prequel to Matt Reeves' upcoming The Batman film, as Batman: The Imposter is written by the co-writer of the film, Mattson Tomlin.

"As a lifelong Batman fan, putting my spin on Gotham City has been a dream come true," Tomlin said when Batman: The Imposter was first announced. "Taking the question of 'What if Batman was real?' as far as narratively possible conjured incredible potential that hasn't recently been explored in the comics."

Some will remember previous Batman storylines that aimed for a more realistic approach to DC's Dark Knight such as Batman: Earth One (opens in new tab), Gotham Central (opens in new tab), and the 'Year One' Batman (opens in new tab) arc, but Tomlin appears to be aiming for something more with Batman: The Imposter.

"Batman: The Imposter treats Bruce Wayne and the people around him as tragically flawed and vividly real, with the obstacles Batman faces coming from a reality that closely mirrors our own," Tomlin continued.

Check out this preview of Batman: The Imposter #1, from Tomlin, artist Andrea Sorrentino, and colorist Jordie Bellaire:

According to DC's description of the series, you can consider Batman: The Imposter as a new 'Batman: Year Two' for the Dark Knight. It takes place just as the vigilante has become known in the city, and is known enough to be considered a bad element by those on both sides of the law. At the same time, a Batman doppelganger has emerged in the city, but without the Dark Knight's hesitation to kill whoever he views as criminals. In Batman: The Imposter, he must put a stop to this other Batman, while also clearing his name and staying out of the crosshairs of the Gotham power brokers.

Batman: The Imposter #1's primary cover is drawn by Sorrentino himself, with variant covers from Lee Bermejo and Kaare Andrews. Check out all the Batman: The Imposter #1 covers here:

Batman: The Imposter #1 (of 3) goes on sale on October 12. A hardcover collection of Batman: The Imposter (opens in new tab) is scheduled for February 22, 2022. 

Keep track of this and all the other new Batman comics, graphic novels, and collections coming in 2021 and beyond. 

Chris Arrant covered comic book news for Newsarama from 2003 to 2022 (and as editor/senior editor from 2015 to 2022) and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)