The Batman That Never Was: Gerard Way’s ‘Kingdom Of The Mad’


by Ryan Rigley

My Chemical Romance may be gone but their legend lives on in the pages of the upcoming “True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys” comic book! As you may already know, frontman Gerard Way is no stranger to the comic book industry. In fact, his Dark Horse series, “Umbrella Academy,” has already been optioned by Universal Studios for a feature film adaptation with a screenplay written by Rawson Marshall Thurber.

That being said, it should come as absolutely no surprise to you that the MCR madman had, at one point, been approved by DC comics to write and release an original take on the Dark Knight himself; with the help of Vertigo. So what’s preventing Gerard’s Batman from seeing the light of day? Well, apparently he just can’t find the time to sit down and write it. Click past the jump to see some sketches for Gerard Way’s “Batman: Kingdom of the Mad“!

Right off the bat (pun intended), you can tell that Gerard’s take on Bruce Wayne is a bit more deranged than your classic Caped Crusader. “He only eats rats,” Way explains via his personal Twitter account. “The inside of the cape has a massive drawing of a magical kingdom that he made up, like his version of Heaven. He has ESP, can turn into a bat, and can see into the future, but only he knows about these powers.”

As strange as it may seem, Batman is actually the least crazy part of Gerard’s take on Gotham City. The Joker for instance, who Gerard says “was also the youngest character in the book, about 19. A year or two younger than Robin.” I wonder how Gerard’s version of Bruce would feel about beating the crap out of a 19 year old?

From a masked Riddler to Judge Penguin, there’s no doubt that “Kingdom of the Mad!” would have been vastly different from DC canon. But the weirdest part of Gerard’s Batman? His cross-dressing Norman Bates-eque take on Mr. Freeze.

ā€œIā€™m Mr. Freeze!” tweets Way. “I like to dress up as my dead wife in armor I sculpted out of scrap-metal from her car accident!ā€

Check out a preview for Gerard Way’s ’The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys’ #1 by hitting the image below!

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