New Batman graphic novel features Alfred as Bruce Wayne's gay uncle
It's a completely new spin on Batman with increased diversity including gay Alfred!
The novel 'Gotham High' portrays Wayne as a 17 year old Chinese-American high school student, he's been kicked out of boarding school and has moved into the family home with his gay uncle and guardian Alfred.
There are more diverse plot lines with Selina Kyle (Catwoman), Jack Napier (Joker) engaged in a love triangle.
Selina is one of the most popular girls at school, with Jack taking the role of class clown unsurprisingly.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly author Melissa de la Cruz said:
“Bruce Wayne is the billionaire. He’s the richest man alive. So I thought, wouldn’t it be fun if his family was Chinese and from Hong Kong?”
“That made it feel real. There’s been a big influx of wealthy Chinese people who moved from Hong Kong to Arcadia in Los Angeles, and that’s where my mom lives, I’m part-Chinese, my brother lives in Hong Kong, so I thought it would be great to put what I know into Bruce Wayne.”
“I just wanted him to be a little bit more representative of my background and giving him an authentic family – Alfred is not just his butler but also his uncle, his gay uncle from Hong Kong. It gives it this fabulous Crazy Rich Asians sheen to it.”
“That breathes new life into the character, especially in today’s world since we’re living in the most diverse world we’ve probably ever lived in, so it’s more representative of Batman in 2020,”
illustrator Thomas Pitilli added. “And since he’s a teenager, I tried my best to put a little bit of myself into the character as well, channelling those feelings of being an adolescent and feeling like an outsider.”
“I definitely wasn’t a billionaire, but oftentimes I felt very separated from everyone else around me.”