This May DC will launch EARTH 2 as part of their "Second Wave" of "New 52" titles. It will be a series set in a parallel world to the one we're currently reading in the pages of the "New 52" titles. We've seen the world before but with Crisis on Infinite Earths, the confusion over multiple worlds was put to rest. We've seen elements of Earth 2 arise over the years and now it's back in full force.
Earlier this month we saw the variant cover to EARTH 2 #1 by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado but today, the Source has unveiled Jim Lee's character designs for Batman, which gives us a full look at his costume.
What will this Batman be all about? Because of the escrima sticks, and based on what happened in past Earth 2 stories, we're assuming it's Dick Grayson under the cowl. Here's what EARTH 2 editor, Pat McCallum said:
Who will Batman kill to save his own daughter? Right out of the gate that should tell you we’re dealing with a different kind of Dark Knight here. More ruthless, dangerous…the costume is familiar and yeah, there is a Wayne under the mask, but we’re looking at a man desperate to save the only family he has left. EARTH 2 is about to become a very bad place to be a bad guy.
So perhaps this is still Bruce before he retires in the Earth 2 world. We'll have to stay tuned and wait until May to find out more.