Although it is not considered canon, there is a very popular story-line from DC Comics ElseWorlds imprint. The Batman & Dracula trilogy consists of three graphic novels Batman & Dracula: Red Rain (1991), Bloodstorm (1994), and Crimson Mist (1998).
The story begins with Batman discovering Count Dracula and his minions feeding off the homeless of Gotham City. Batman determines he must become a vampire in order to have the strength to defeat Dracula. He is eventually able to impale Dracula on a tree and drain his blood.
Batman tries to use his new found powers for good, but finds himself overwhelmed by his desire for human blood. The Joker has taken over the vampire minions in the meantime. Batman brutally murders the Joker. Batman asks Alfred Pennyworth and Commissioner Gordon to stake him to prevent him from committing any further atrocities.
The stake is later removed by Alfred during a crime wave. Batman goes on a murderous rampage and slaughters almost all of his old foes. Two-Face and Killer Croc attempt to kill Batman, but are no match for him. At the end, Batman walks into the sunlight to end it all.
The Batman & Dracula books were some of the most popular titles of the Elseworlds line. Each of the books made their way to the Diamond Comic Distributors bestsellers list. Now that you know the backstory on Red Rain Batman, you will be happy to hear they are bringing him back just in time for Halloween. Secrets of Sinister House #1 will be on the shelves October 9th and will feature vampire Batman. This comic will be a one shot, meaning it is not part of a series.
Am I the only one that would love to see the Red Rain trilogy as a movie? Even if it is animated!
SECRETS OF SINISTER HOUSE #1
written by PAUL DINI, RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE, RAFAEL SCAVONE, BRYAN HILL, DAN WATTERS and others
art by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE, CIAN TORMEY, JORGE FORNES and others
cover by JOHN ROMITA JR. and BILL SIENKIEWICZ
Witness what hides within the Sinister House—the DCU’s most horrific secrets and mysteries! Travel alongside Harley Quinn, John Constantine, Detective Chimp, Zatanna, the Atom and others as they face this macabre devastation firsthand! And in the bowels of this dark mansion…we return to the world of the legendary Red Rain to meet once again with the dreaded vampire Batman. Don’t miss this year’s DC Halloween special—because if you do, it’ll haunt you!
ONE-SHOT | ON SALE 10.09.19
$9.99 | 80 PAGES
FC | RATED T+
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