Azrael, the one-time replacement for Batman during the Knight series, will be coming to Fox’s Gotham television show this fall. But this Azrael will be different from anything we’ve seen in the comics.
“In many respects, Azrael will have many of the hallmarks and traits that we know from the comics,” Executive Producer John Stephens told ComicBook.com. “But it will have a brand-new twist upon that character; the way we’re going to bring that character into being on our show will be different than anything we’ve seen in the comics. It will be identifiable as Azrael in all respects, just a version of him we’ve not seen before, which is the point of doing these! How can we do the character with a fresh twist?”
In November a clip was released that teased the Order of St. Dumas, the religious order that trained the original Azrael Jean-Paul Velly in the comics. The order was a splinter faction of the Templar Knights, a sect dating back to the Crusades. Azrael was an extremist vigilante that meted out justice to the criminals of Gotham city.
“The Order of St. Dumas features pretty heavily into [Batman lore,” Stephens said in an earlier interview with CBR. “Anyone who is deeply involved in the Batman world knows the Order of St. Dumas is also the order of monks who created Azrael. That is sort of prefiguring where we’re going to be going towards the end of the season, setting up certain ideas like proto-versions of what Batman might become. Bruce can start to see characters that are going to inform the costumed hero that he is going to be in the years to come. The Order of St. Dumas will almost provide a negative example which will guide him on a certain path.”
Gotham returns on Monday, February 29th at 8 PM EST on Fox.
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