With DC proudly announcing that the relaunched Batman titles (So far Batman, Detective, Batman and Robin and Batman: The Dark Knight) will feature Bruce Wayne as “the one true Batman,” it’s certainly looking like Grant Morrison’s Batman, Incorporated has been dumped in favor of a new back-to-basics status quo. But, according to IGN, Morrison is “involved in the September relaunch, and an announcement will be coming later this week,” which means… something, right?
It’s interesting to see that the DC representative isn’t saying that Morrison is involved in the Batman side of the relaunch, just the “September relaunch” in general. There are still rumors of his being involved with a Superman book, but we’ve already had similar rumors of a Wonder Woman gig turn out to be false, and now Bleeding Cool is reporting that George Perez will be heading up the Superman relaunch, which leads me to wonder where Morrison will end up in the current creative reshuffle.
Not all of Morrison’s Batman work is being undone – Damien is staying as Robin, interestingly enough – but I’m wondering whether we’ll see Batman, Incoporated not reappear anywhere in the September relaunch, and instead show up later in the year as a stand-alone, out of continuity, series continuing Morrison’s two-year storyline until completion. Certainly, this would fit in with previous Morrison work (All-Star Superman, anyone?), and give Morrison not only the chance to finish up with his plans, but also the freedom to make whatever changes he wants without having to worry about upsetting core fanbases of the characters he’s writing. It would mean that DC would backtrack somewhat from the line-wide relaunch, sure, but we’ve already got at least two other out-of-continuity Batman series (All-Star Batman and Robin The Boy Wonder, AKA Dark Knight: Boy Wonder and Neal Adams’ Batman Odyssey) awaiting conclusion, so the idea of one more doesn’t seem too impossible, does it? I mean, is this really any less likely that DC just killing one of their most successful titles so readily?