Sorry, Robin, but Batman has a new partner in crime-fighting, and he’s the “Czar of Noir.”
DC Entertainment has teamed with Turner Classic Movies to create the new free comic book “Batman in Noir Alley,” in which the Caped Crusader enlists the help of Eddie Muller, host of TCM’s Sunday morning program “Noir Alley,” to locate a lost artifact from the Gotham City Museum.
“The idea, of course, was that there’s a substitute for the Maltese Falcon called the Moroccan Raptor that has gone missing. Batman thinks I know something about it and we team to solve this mystery that leaps back into the original film noir era,” says Muller, who also runs the Film Noir Foundation, which finds and preserves lost movies of the genre.
While Batman is in his usual get-up, Muller, who says it was “pretty amazing” to see himself in comic book form, is depicted in typical ’40s gumshoe garb. “They do have me in the trenchcoat and the fedora,” he says. “When people comment on that, I might be the only guy who says, what’s weird about that? A suit and tie and trenchcoat. That’s like my wardrobe.”
Written by Stuart Moore with cover art by Dan Panosian, “Batman in Noir Alley” is available in select comic-book stores. To find a shop near you, go to myt.cm/BatmanStoreList