Dark Knights of Steel Unveils Medieval Bat-Family

AbraxasNovember 3, 2021


Tom Taylor and Yasmine Putri’s Batman in the Dark Knights of Steel fantasy epic leads a small army of Robins in a battle against the forces of magic.

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Dark Knights of Steel #1, on sale now from DC Comics.

Batman leads a group of medieval Robins in the new alternate universe fantasy series Dark Knights of Steel, written by Tom Taylor and illustrated by Yasmine Putri.

In the alternate world of the DC Comics series, young Bruce Wayne serves as a knight in the service of the Court of El, a kingdom set up by Superman’s parents, Jor-El and Lara, who both escaped from their dying world of Krypton. Wearing a bat-shaped helmet and wielding a sword, Bruce travels the countryside to hunt down users of magic — the one force in the realm that can harm the El family. Assisting him on this mission is a collection of youths that Bruce refers to as his “Robins.”


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Dark Knights of Steel Bat Family

Nearly all of the Robins from mainstream DC Comics continuity are present and accounted for, including Dick Grayson, Jason Todd and Stephanie Brown. Duke Thomas — though he only briefly wore a Robin costume in the 2015-2016 series We are Robin before assuming the identity of the Signal — also appears, and it is hinted that Batman has at least one other Robin acting as a spy in the court of King Jefferson, a rival monarch based off of Black Lighting. This is likely Dark Knights of Steel‘s version of Tim Drake or possibly Cassandra Cain, who were both revealed on a Dan Mora variant cover for Issue #1.

Dark Knights of Steel‘s cast of Gotham characters also includes Alfred, who acts as a servant and counselor to both Bruce Wayne and the El family, as well as Harley Quinn, who appropriately appears as a jester of the El Court. The characterization of all of these members of the Bat-Family remains familiar despite the medieval world of swords and sorcery they inhabit. For instance, Bruce chastises Jason for knocking out an innkeeper, murmuring, “An alarming amount of your attempts at diplomacy end with someone comatose.” Meanwhile, Harley Quinn teases Bruce as he returns from a mission, flicking the horns of his helmet and exclaiming, “You’re so dark and brooding. But with the little ears.”

Dark Knights of Steel #1 ended with the revelation that the Bruce Wayne of this world is a half-brother of Kal-El, the son of Jor-El and Lara. His Kryptonian blood has enabled him to withstand great injury and ties him closer to the very magic users that he has spent his days hunting. Future issues of the series teased a confrontation between Batman and Green Arrow, who assassinates Jor-El with an arrow from afar in Issue #1’s shocking conclusion.

Dark Knights of Steel #1 is on sale now from DC Comics.

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Source: DC Comics

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