BATMAN Writer To Confront Superhero PTSD in DC's SANCTUARY

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Batman writer Tom King is no stranger to the perils that come with heroism - or the after effects of traumatic and challenging events. Now, King will draw on his experience as a government agent in the middle east to create "Sanctuary," a place run by Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman where other heroes can confront and deal with their PTSD and other after effects from their heroic deeds, modeled after real world veterans' crisis-centers.

"The DCU has a bunch of superheroes and all they do is fight, every time, and that must have a psychological effect on them, right? You can’t live a life of violence and not feel that violence deep in your heart—and we also have a group of superheroes, the Trinity, who care about these other heroes," King explained at this weekend's DC in D.C. event (via CBR). "They sort of feel like parental figures, the foundation that stands beneath them. And they care about them for two reasons: one, because they’re good people, but two, if superheroes feel trauma and it drives them a little mad, that’s a danger. So, as both a practical and a compassionate matter, they’ve set up something called Sanctuary, which is a place that you can go, modelled on veterans’ crisis centers—which is an interesting name for them—and talk about this trauma and admit that this had an effect on you; where you can admit that being a superhero and seeing a life of violence and seeing people get hurt around you, that that has some sort of impact on you—and Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman can help you."

It isn't clear yet where Sanctuary will be introduced, or if the concept will anchor its own story or series. However, King did tease that it could be connected to a larger project he is currently working on for DC - even joking about the implications of the word "crisis" in his description of Sanctuary.

“To me, the ideal sort of vision of the DCU is Justice League Unlimited and the idea that there’s like a club that they all go to and there’s like, lunch on a tray, and they decide who’s the best person to fight [whatever is happening]," King went on to say. "And I know that doesn’t currently exist but it kind of exists in all of our imaginations. And if I could do anything to the DCU, it would be to bring that back, to bring that sense of community of superheroes and people come in and come out, and they do all know each other.”

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