Bruce Wayne is going to be done finger-painting on caveman walls with his own feces in 2010. Even more impressive than how they killed him off twice in 2008 is the fact that they’re going to return him to the functions of the regular DC Universe next year. It’s a bit disappointing, since I was really digging the implications of old Gray Son wearing the mask. It was fun watching him figuring out how to pull off his own identity underneath the crushing symbol, and learning how to wield said logo with his own swag.
But we all knew Wayne was coming back. So the question becomes, how well can they write the return of the Original Traumatized Billionaire? I, for one, have a stiffy.
That’s fucking right, Grant Morrison is writing this shit! Woot, woot!
And apparently he’s going to play it calm this time, because the storyline seems pretty simple. Just kidding! We have some sort of temporal, mind-warping bullshit that only the guy who proclaimed he had been abducted by aliens could produce:
Debuting in April 2010, the aptly named Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne finds the character — presumed dead after the events of Final Crisis but actually hurled into the far-flung past — attempting to reclaim his memory and his place in time.”Return is a fairly intricate time-travel story in which the world’s greatest hero, the optimum man, is up against the supreme challenge to his ingenuity and skill,” Morrison tells USA Today. “How does Batman get out of the ultimate trap? It has a mystery and an apocalyptic countdown going on, there are some major twists and reveals, and it sets up big changes to the Batman universe status quo.”
It sounds trippy, if not reminiscent of Brubaker’s take on bringing Steve Rogers back, which features him…also tumbling through time and space. And the big changes to the Batman universe status quo? Batman actually was the engineer behind the H1N1 flu…and AIDS…and Cancer.