That light in the sky, right there? It meant the world to me. It meant I could build myself into something more. Stand for more than myself. Make an impact and change things. Even if it was just one life at a time. I could make a difference.
~ Luke Fox.
My name is Batwing, but that's not important. What is important is that we get you and your family home safe, and we get these people put in jail where they will never hurt anyone again.
~ Luke Fox on his title.
They're on to me.
~ David Zavimbi.

Batwing is a fictional comic book superhero appearing in publications by DC Comics. Within DC Comics internal continuity, Batwing is one of several superheroes patterned after the famous superhero Batman. Batwing, in particular, was conceived by Batman as his crime-fighting counterpart overseas, 'the Batman of Africa'.

The Batwing was created by Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham, and first appeared in Batman Incorporated #5 in May of 2011. Luke Fox was created by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti and Eduardo Pansica, and first appeared in Batwing #19 in June of 2013.

Background

The first Batwing is David Zavimbi, a Congolese police officer, created by writer Grant Morrison within the pages of Batman Incorporated prior to receiving his own eponymous series. Following later events within Batman Incorporated and Batwing, Zavimbi is replaced in the role by Lucas "Luke" Fox, an American mixed martial artist who had been Batman's first choice in the role, who is also the son of Batman's close associate Lucius Fox.

Batwing faces a roster of adversaries ranging from international super villains to the Democratic Republic of Congo's corrupt police force. Batwing expands the DC Universe by taking place in Africa, making David Zavimbi both the first (in continuity) black Batman and one of the few characters headlining a series outside the United States. Fox is also black, and becomes the first in-continuity African American Batman.

Biography

David Zavimbi

David Zavimbi was born in Congo, Africa to unnamed parents, and is distant relative to the ruling family of Mtamba. When the last member of the family, Jezebel Jet, went missing in Gotham City, David was chosen as the new figurehead of the country. David promised the local oligarchs and the foreign bankers that business would continue on good terms, and they allowed him to live as a millionaire.

David Zavimbi operates as Batwing who is a representative of Batman Incorporated from the city of Tinasha, within the Democratic Republic of Congo. In his civilian identity he is a police officer fighting against corruption in the department. Using an arsenal of advanced technology supplied by Batman, his Batwing Suit is a powerful exo-skeleton. With his manservant Matu Ba, he wages a one-man war against evil to protect the city of Tinasha. He has been a member of Batman Incorporated, the Batman Family, the Kollektiv and Justice League International.

Luke Fox

Zavimbi's successor is Luke Fox, the son of Lucius and Tanya Fox, who operates in Gotham City and became a member of the Batman Family. In addition, Luke began a romantic relationship with Barbara Gordon (Batgirl), and would help his allies defeat criminals and the Batman's rogues gallery.

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Trivia

  • There is a villain under the same name as him.

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