Recently I was browsing some message board and came across a thread where fans were discussing what kind of crossovers they would like to see if Marvel Comics and DC Comics ever decide to do crossovers again. I was thinking that one I would love to see would be a Batman/Black Panther team-up. Two of my favorite characters together.
The two actually have met briefly, in a short sequence in the 2003 Justice League of America/Avengers crossover series, where we see them join with The Huntress and Black Widow to face a bunch of villains.
I have a logical connection to put them together in a new crossover. I’d have it revealed in the story that back when Bruce Wayne was a young man, traveling the world, learning the skills he would need to eventually become Batman, he made it to Wakanda. He figured out some way to sneak past their defenses and get inside their borders, and when he was caught and brought to King T’Chaka, the king was impressed by the young man’s courage and his tale of wanting to become the best he could be in order to someday avenger the murder of his parents. And so he introduced young Bruce to Prince T’Challa, who was around the same age, and the two of them spent some time training together and became friends before Bruce went off to continue exploring the world.
Years later T’Challa, now the King of Wakanda, arrives in Gotham City for a diplomatic visit with the mayor. The mayor throws a big party with all of Gotham’s political and wealthy elites to welcome him, and Bruce Wayne is, of course invited. At the party, Bruce and T’Challa become reacquainted. And then something happens which causes them to put on their costumes and fight crime together. I don’t know who the villains should be. Maybe Achebe and The Joker? Whatever, that’s for the creative team to decide.
And my dream choices for the creative team are: DWAYNE MCDUFFIE to write, and JOHN ROMITA JR. to draw. McDuffie’s has experience writing Black Panther in comic-books, and writing Batman in various animated features, so I’m sure he would be able to write both characters well together. And I love Romita Jr.’s art. His opening arc on Reginald Hudlin’s Black Panther series was beautiful, and I would love to see him draw Batman again, after that Punisher/Batman: Deadly Knights crossover that he drew years ago.
This comic would really be a dream come true.