Screenwriter John Ridley (12 Years a Slave, Guerrilla, American Crime) and artist Nick Derington (Doom Patrol, Batman Universe, Mister Miracle) will be the creative team for a new four-issue Batman limited series to launch in January 2021.  The new series will co-exist with the current Batman series by James Tynion IV and Jorge Jimenez.

DC announced the news during its DC FanDome virtual event, where Ridley joined DC publisher and chief creative officer Jim Lee on the Legacy of the Bat panel.  During the panel, Ridley commented "I think it's a pretty safe bet that if I'm writing Batman, it’s probably a little better than a 47% chance he’s going to be a person of color."  He also stated that his series would center on the family of Lucius Fox, the business manager of Wayne Enterprises, who is Black.

Ridley has written several series for DC, although this will be his first time writing a Batman story.  His earlier comics work includes The Authority: Human on the Inside; a story arc for The Razor’s Edge: Warblade; The American Way; and the sequel The American Way: Those Above and Those Below.

Ridley’s Black Label miniseries The Other History of the DC Universe kicks off in November (see "’The Other History of the DC Universe’ Finally Coming to Market").