Batman and Harley Quinn Are Returning to Fortnite
Batman is returning to the world of Fortnite, and he’s bringing Catwoman and Harley Quinn along for the ride.
This latest collaboration between DC and Epic Games is dubbed Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point. But while this isn’t the Dark Knight’s first dalliance with Fortnite, this crossover is unique in that it’s primarily driven by a comic book tie-in. Naturally, there will also be new Batman-themed costumes and items coming to the game.
Zero Point is a six-issue limited series scripted by Christos Gage (Spider-Geddon), based on a concept and story consultation from Epic’s Chief Creative Officer Donald Mustard. The series features art from Reilly Brown, Christian Duce, Nelson DeCastro and John Kalisz. Zero Point brings the Dark Knight and other DC icons like Catwoman and Harley Quinn crashing into the Fortnite universe, with Batman struggling to remember who he is and where he came from and solve the mystery of the Zero Point. The series will be in-canon with the Fortnite universe and add new layers to the game’s mythology.
DC’s press release teases, “As [Batman] fights to recall his past and escape an endless loop of chaos and struggle, he’ll come face-to-face with the likes of Renegade Raider, Fishstick, Bandolier, and more. While the world’s greatest detective strives to make sense of this strange new world, he’ll uncover the shocking truth about the Island, what lies beyond the Loop, and how everything is connected to the mysterious Zero Point.”
Each issue of Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point will be released day-and-date in print and digital formats, but Fortnite fans will have special incentive to buy the print versions. Each print issue will include a DLC code for a Batman-themed item or costume to use in Fortnite, with the first being a DC Rebirth Harley Quinn costume. Collecting all six codes will allow players to unlock an exclusive “Armored Batman Zero” skin. So yes, you can finally be Batman again in Fortnite, but that privilege requires a certain level of commitment.
Alternatively, Zero Point will also be free to read for subscribers of the DC Universe Infinite service, along with the DLC codes.
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“When DC first approached me about doing a Batman/Fortnite series I thought it would be a lot of fun,” said Gage in DC’s press release. ”After speaking with Donald [Mustard] and discovering just how deeply we’d be diving into the secrets behind the world of Fortnite, I was amazed! This series will reveal things about Fortnite that have never been seen or heard before yet are very much part of the canon of the game.”
“I’m also looking forward to integrating other DC Super Heroes into the series, characters that Batman has existing relations with,” Gage continued. “It’ll be exciting to share with fans how these relationships will be reshaped in this new world. The art by Reilly, Christian, Nelson, and John is stunning, and my prediction is that this series will blow everybody’s mind, whether you’re a fan of DC, Batman or Fortnite.”
Each issue of Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point is priced at $4.99 for the standard cover and $5.99 for the cardstock variant cover. The series will debut on Tuesday, April 20, with new issues shipping twice-monthly until the finale on July 6.
Batman isn’t the only DC hero putting in an appearance in Fortnite this year. Epic recently added a Flash skin modeled after the Arrowverse TV series. The game is also bringing in Ellen Ripley and the Alien Xenomorph.
Previously in 2020, Epic collaborated with Marvel Comics to bring Thor, Wolverine and other playable Marvel heroes into Fortnite: Season 2, Chapter 4. That crossover also had a comic book tie-in in Fortnite X Marvel: Nexus War – Thor #1, though that issue was framed a standalone prelude to the in-game content. Funnily enough, this shared Fortnite connection is the closest thing to a Marvel/DC crossover we’ve seen in almost 20 years. The two publishers haven’t collaborated on a crossover together since 2003’s JLA/Avengers, though the final issue of DC’s Watchmen sequel Doomsday Clock offers some hope that’ll change one day.
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