HUGE NEWS: I wrote a Batman graphic novel for DC — and it’s coming out February 7, 2023

On February 7, 2023, I will realize a lifelong dream:  Publishing an honest-to-goodness Batman graphic novel with DC.  The project has been in the works for over three years, but I have been sworn to secrecy by DC — until now.

 

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been a huge fan of Batman.  Because Batman was just about the only superhero that I could be.  He had no super powers.  He wasn’t bitten by a radioactive animal or given a magical object by aliens.  He was just a normal guy (albeit a very rich one) who used his brains, his skills and some cool gadgets to defeat evil.

So the idea that I could actually get to write a Batman story is a dream come true.

The story of how it all came to happen is kind of a long one, but the short version is that, around three years ago, I was invited to come to the DC Comics offices to discuss doing a graphic novel project with them.  The exec in charge actually asked me ‘Is there any chance you’d be interested in writing a Batman?’ at which point I exclaimed ‘YES YES YES!’

I was so excited by the idea that I think I hatched the whole story on the way home from the meeting.  I had to go through a few rounds of pitching them the idea, but they agreed to do it right around the time that Covid hit.  I wrote the script way back then, but it has taken quite a while to get the art done — because, in all honesty, the art is INCREDIBLE.

The artist is Berat Pekmeczi and I could not be more thrilled with it.  It is dynamic and hilarious and fantastic.

You can click here to learn more.

Here’s the pitch from the DC website:

On sale February 7, 2023, Bruce Wayne: Not Super follows a 13-year-old Bruce Wayne as he attends an exclusive prep school for the gifted. But, in this book written by Stuart Gibbs (Spy School) with art by Berat Pekmezci (Flash), this school is for the super-gifted. Bruce doesn’t stand a chance of winning a race against the future Flash, or a swim meet against the future Aquaman, and he always gets picked last for dodgeball.

It’s hard enough being in middle school, but it’s even worse when you’re the only kid at your school who doesn’t have super-powers. Bruce does have a goal though: he wants to make a difference in the world. But how can he do that when he doesn’t have any powers? While the Future-Supers are currently content to simply use their gifts to glide through school and court popularity, Bruce struggles to figure out if he has any gifts at all — and if so, how to use them. His challenge comes when he discovers fellow student Jack Napier and his hired bully Bane shaking down lesser-powered students for money, including that hapless kid Dick Grayson. Someone must stand up to them and somehow, it’s going to be Bruce!

Bruce Wayne: Not Super represents an alternate origin story for Batman and a number of other iconic DC characters, imagining them all as school age kids and with Bruce as the misfit. Filled with a lot of humor, this is a light-hearted take on a well-known and beloved character.

 

35 thoughts on “HUGE NEWS: I wrote a Batman graphic novel for DC — and it’s coming out February 7, 2023

  1. The 7th Grader –

    For now, this is just a one time thing. But I suppose there’s a chance there could be more in the future.

  2. I won’t lie, the cover looks the best! I am just laughing so hard when I see the joker their, just chilling! This might be the coolest book I will buy!

    -The 7th Grader

  3. Mr. Gibbs

    When will Spy School Project X be released? I can’t wait to read it!

  4. Chocolate chips –

    The release date for SSPX — and all my upcoming books — is in the Upcoming Releases box that is on every single page of this website.

  5. Mr Gibbs,

    I don’t know if you have said this already, and I just missed it, but will CT3, and BWNS have exclusive edition? BWNS might not, but will CT3 have one?
    I am just curious!

  6. The 7th Grader –

    There is no exclusive edition of CT3 — and Bruce Wayne Not Super is being published by DC comics directly, so the chance ot them making a deal with barnes & Noble to make an exclusive edition is highly unlikely.

  7. Mr. Gibbs-
    Will your book be canon to other Batman comic books? Or does it happen in its own bubble in the multiverse?

  8. Kitten-

    I think its in its own universe! This is because the flash is the flash at a young age, which makes no sense, as he was the flash later on! So yeah, thats my idea!

  9. Steve Urkel –

    Except for the parts about the discovery, everything I said about Cleopatra in the book is true. (Or at least, believed to be true. It’s hard to have 100% accuracy about a person who lived 2000 years ago.)

  10. Kitten –

    There is no canon in the Batman universe. Batman has already been reinvented a dozen times. This is an origin story, so it can’t really be canon, because there have been other versions of this story already. But maybe, if it become really popular, then people will see it as the ultimate origin story. And then it will be regarded as canon.

  11. Congratulations Mr.Gibbs, I cannot wait to read this the cover looks amazing.

  12. Just Curious, but how would you rate the 7 current funjungle books? Here is mine! From best to worst!

    1- Big Game
    2-Poached
    3-Belly Up
    4-Bear Bottom
    5-Panda-monium
    6-Lion Down
    7-Tyrannosaurus Rex

    The bottom 3 aren’t bad, I just like the others more!

  13. 1. Pandamonium
    2. T-Rex
    3. Poached
    4. Bear Bottom
    5. Big Game
    6. Belly Up
    7. Lion Down

  14. Hey Stu, I was re-reading the Spy School at Sea book and I noticed that it mentions Snakes Alive which is a place in the Funjungle books. Does this mean that you could have a crossover with them? Are the Charlie Thorne books connected to these books too?

  15. Shredskis –

    Just because I put an easter egg in one of my books does not mean there are going to be crossovers between series. Or that all of my series are related.

    (It is completely possible that Snakes Alive could exist in two separate universes.)

  16. Stuart Gibbs –

    Wow I’m glad you were able to make a deal with DC. I don’t know much about Batman or any of the other superheroes, but I’m excited to find out! And also Happy Birthday! Hopefully you had a lot of fun.

  17. Zomebody_Oof

    I am not sure when preordering will be possible. That’s up to DC.

  18. Looks sick 😛 you’re an epic, amazing, writer mr Gibbs, if you ever see this. you have a lot of fans out there. Have a good day!

  19. The 7th Grader-
    A little late but here:

    1. Panda-monium
    2. Big Game
    3. Poached
    4. Belly Up
    5. Bear Bottom
    6. Tyrannosaurus wrecks
    7. Lion Down

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