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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 first Batwing is David Zavimbe, 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, Zavimbe is replaced in the role by 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 Zavimbe 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 Zavimbe 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. His successor is Luke Fox, the son of Lucius Fox, who operates in Gotham City.


Trivia

  • There is a villain under the same name as him
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