There’s a Grant Morrison interview in the May issue of Playboy, and it is accompanied by some artwork by Frank Quitely. It’s a pretty piece of artwork, throwing together Morrison with the various characters he has used as proxies for his mind-melting comic book technique. Most importantly: Jean Grey.
Hit the jump for the full artwork and some excerpts.
Entitled “The Super Psyche,” the Gavin Edwards feature revisits material that is familiar to longtime Morrison fans — such as his estimation of superheroes as models for humanity and the future, and his reported encounter with aliens from another dimension — but includes a section where Morrison offers commentary and trivia about his work, characters and ideas, some of which are quite interesting and provocative.
Gayness is built into Batman. I’m not using gay in the pejorative sense, but Batman is very, very gay. There’s just no denying it. Obviously as a fictional character he’s intended to be heterosexual, but the basis of the whole concept is utterly gay. I think that’s why people like it. All these women fancy him and they all wear fetish clothes and jump around rooftops to get to him. He doesn’t care — he’s more interested in hanging out with the old guy and the kid.
On Wonder Woman:
The article indicates that Morrison is presently at work on “a stand-alone Wonder Woman graphic novel” for DC Comics. Presumably this is the material Morrison spoke about last year, a Wonder Woman story that deals with the character’s feminist and fetishistic origins.
The X-Men fans hated me because I made him into a stupid old drug-addicted idiot. He had started out as this sneering, grim terrorist character, so I thought, Well, that’s who he really is. [Writer] Chris Claremont had done a lot of good work over the years to redeem the character: He made him a survivor of the death camps and this noble antihero. And I went in and sh*t on all of it. It was right after 9/11, and I said there’s nothing f**king noble about this at all.
Rock on, Grant Morrison. That Batman quote is one of the best I’ve heard him drop in a while. For more of this swanky peering into Morrison’s dome-piece, you can read the entire portion online.