Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s new comic book series, Batman And Robin, looks like it will be great.
The debut of the series follows the events of Batman R.I.P., Final Crisis, and Battle for the Cowl in which the original Batman, Bruce Wayne, apparently died at the hands of DC Comics villain Darkseid and features the winner of the Battle for the Cowl as the new Batman. The conclusion to Battle of the Cowl shows Dick Grayson becoming the new Batman, while Damian Wayne becomes the new Robin.
I love both the creators involved and now that Dick Grayson (Robin, Nightwing) has now taken on the mantle of the Batman we should see some cool wisecracking action.
io9 have some more news on the feel of the series. Grant Morrison describes it below.
The only way I can explain the tone is that I had this idea of recapitulating the television show in a certain way… I was thinking of what other aspects of Batman are completely out of favor – that people tend to hate and don’t seem to work anymore. The Batman 60s TV show was one of those. Obviously it was camp and a product of its time. But when I was a kid I thought it was really serious. [laughs] So I wanted to take some of that bizarre, psychedelic feel. I wanted to take the idea of very short, punchy stories that just kind of existed on their own terms. Rather than Batman RIP, which was a big, epic story that had a lot of secret subtext and hidden meanings and stuff, these are just crazy stories that are pretty upfront.
It was taking that aspect of the Batman TV show and then trying it in with David Lynch and Twin Peaks. [laughs] And creepy European cartoons and marionettes and stuff like that. That bad dreamlike feeling of a Marilyn Manson video in the ’90s, or like Chris Cunningham’s video for ‘Windowlicker’. [laughs] Again, it was about trying to fuse those two things together into a bad trip, Lewis Carroll kind of world.
Morrison details that the tone of the series will be a “reverse” of the normal dynamic between Batman and Robin, with, “a more light-hearted and spontaneous Batman and a scowling, bad ass Robin.” Morrison also divulges that this is a continuation of his previous work on the Batman character, although this is a different title than what he wrote previously. “This is the next book in what will be a 5-volume series beginning [with] Batman & Son, but it can be read on its own too. Batman and Robin welcomes new readers!” Morrison also said that even though the series deals with familiar identities, the series features all new villains and situations, but also revealed that some villains were glimpsed in Batman #666.
When asked if the series would deal with the new Batman being unable to fill Bruce Wayne’s proverbial shoes, Morrison answered, “When I started out I had that in mind, and I thought we’d finally prove that nobody else could be Batman. But I do believe certain aspects of RIP were about how nobody but this guy could be Batman. I think with this, it’s fun to start by seeing what happens when someone else tries. Sometimes it goes wrong, and sometimes it goes really well. Some of the things these guys do are things that Bruce Wayne would never have thought to do”. In regards to using Frank Quitely as the artist, Morrison described the difference between this particular collaboration with previous ones, specifically on JLA Earth-2 and All Star Superman. For instance, Morrison asked Quitely to choreograph the flow of the action in his own way, rather than through Morrison’s normally heavily detailed scripts.
Morrison said, “I’ve asked [Quitely] to re-introduce the much-maligned sound effects to superhero comics, but in a way that integrates them more closely with the art.” He also described Batman and Robin as, “a shorter, pacier collaboration so we’ve tried to keep it looser and more open than All Star Superman.
When given the question about a possible appearance by the Joker, Morrison said, “I think we’d all love to see [Quitely's] take on the Joker, so yeah, I’d like to think I can make that happen in some way.”
What do you think about that? Will you be reading it?
The comic is due out next week.
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