'Gotham by Midnight' Investigates Ghostly Events in Batman's City

New monthly series brings horror genre to DC's top franchise
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DC Entertainment continues to use the success of its Batman franchise to anchor more unusual efforts with the announcement Tuesday of Gotham by Midnight, a new horror series showcasing the spookier side of the Dark Knight's hometown.

Spinning out of the current weekly series Batman Eternal, Gotham by Midnight will be written by one of that series' writers, Ray Fawkes, with art by Ben Templesmith. According to Fawkes, the series will have "a very gothic, melancholy feel to it," with "the things these characters face and the decisions they have to make [being] the kinds of things you'd see in a really great horror story."

The series will follow The Midnight Shift, a division of the Gotham City Police Department created specifically to deal with the type of supernatural cases that even Batman can't handle, headed up by Jim Corrigan — a character better known as his undead alter ego, the Spectre. But Fawkes says that fans shouldn't expect to see much of the ghostly hero. "We'll be seeing the Spectre here and there, but that's usually what happens when Corrigan messes up and doesn't get [things] handled in time," he told Blastr.

News of the new series follows on last month's announcements of Gotham Academy, a teen drama centering around a school with Bruce Wayne as a benefactor, and Arkham Manor, in which Wayne Manor is transformed into a replacement for the long-suffering Arkham Asylum as the result of more events in the Batman Eternal series. Given that Gotham Academy and Gotham by Midnight are both scheduled to launch within weeks of Fox's Gotham, bringing the fictional city to even greater prominence is unlikely to be coincidence.

Gotham by Midnight begins in November.