Luchador Bane Is Finally Happening In ‘Batman ’66’
Ever since DC's Batman '66 comic started adding 1960s-style versions of modern villains to the show's existing roster of arch-criminals, there's one that I've been hoping for more than any other, one that seemed like it was virtually inevitable. And now, it is finally happening: We are getting Luchador Bane.
Hot on the heels of the '66 debut of Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, the solicitation for the print version of Batman '66 #27 has revealed that Batman will be heading to Mexico to apprehend the Riddler and find himself duking it out with Bane in the wrestling ring. In other words, we may have discovered the perfect comic book.
In the interest of full disclosure, the artist on this issue is Scott Kowalchuk, with whom I've previously worked on a creator-owned graphic novel. Turns out asking him to draw a lot of wrestling moves in that book was good practice. The book is written by Jeff Parker, with a cover by Michael Allred.
Bane has, of course, always seemed more than a little like a pro wrestler, what with the mask, the not-so-subtle metaphor for steroid abuse, and the fact that he broke Batman's back with an actual pro wrestling move, but this issue is set to take that comparison to a whole new level of literalism, complete with an amazing leisure suit.
Here's DC's official solicitation:
BATMAN ‘66 #27
Written by JEFF PARKER
Art by SCOTT KOWALCHUK
Cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
On sale SEPTEMBER 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E • DIGITAL FIRST
Riddle me this: What kind of ring isn’t round? A wrestling ring, of course. This issue, Batman finds himself in the middle of a rigged contest. The Caped Crusader pursues The Riddler south of the border and encounters half of a terrifying tag team: the masked menace known only as Bane! All this, and Batgirl too!