This year Robert Pattinson brought a new Dark Knight to the big screen. Now Winston Duke is bringing a new take on Batman to your podcast library. The Black Panther and Us star is voicing Bruce Wayne in Spotify’s upcoming original audio series Batman Unburied. There’s always room for more Batman stories. And the Batman Unburied trailer promises a different kind of tale about the masked vigilante. At a time when Gotham needs him most, the famed superhero can’t remember his alter ego. But he can remember he works for his father at his dad’s hospital.
At least, that’s what his injured mind believes.
The Batman Unburied trailer is intense and unsettling, continuing the great tradition of Batman horror stories. What it seemingly doesn’t continue is the death of Thomas Wayne playing a major role in creating his son’s superhero persona. Here’s the podcast series’ official synopsis:
A serial killer known as The Harvester terrorizes Gotham City, but Batman is not coming to the rescue. In fact, Bruce Wayne has no memory of being the Caped Crusader at all. Instead, Bruce is a forensic pathologist, performing the autopsy on the latest victim when he’s attacked by the killer himself. As Bruce’s obsession with the Harvester consumes him, Dr. Thomas Wayne, head of Gotham City Hospital, orders his son to take medical leave and seek treatment from an unusual psychologist, Dr. Hunter. With Batman missing in action, Detective Barbara Gordon is left with no other choice but to seek help from Gotham’s second smartest detective: The Riddler.
Big year for both Batman and the Riddler! More importantly though, considering Bruce Wayne’s memory issues, is it possible Thomas Wayne is actually dead? Could Bruce’s injury have led his mind to create an alternate reality to help him deal with his problems?
We’ll find out when the podcast, from David S. Goyer (writer Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), debuts globally at Spotify on May 3. That will include premiering eight adaptations of the original US script. The narrative series will also get translations for Brazil, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, and Mexico.
In addition to Winston Duke, the Batman Unburied podcast also stars Hasan Minhaj and Gina Rodriguez. It’s the first show from DC and Warner Bros. new multi-year partnership with Spotify.