That may have been the hardest three words I’ve ever had to write.
So, this week saw the release of Batman and Robin #16, bringing with it the definitive return of original flavor Batman and drawing to a close Grant Morrison’s four-year plan to absolutely fuck with almost seventy years of Bat-continuity. Not that that’s a bad thing. If there’s was anybody you’d want poking around in your continuity, it would be Grant Morrison.
In case you haven’t been living under a rock for the last few years, and feel like you’re missing out on something here, we’ll get your turbines to speed- old-timey Batman, or Christian Bale, if you must, got zapped by time lasers after shooting God. Well, a God, and a not a particularly nice one at that. So for the last year, while that Batman was scrambling his way through the time-stream, heading towards the present, fighting cavemen and banging witches, the rest of the assembled DC Universe has gone apeshit over a suitable replacement. Eventually, Dick Grayson, the original Robin, or Chris O’Donnell, if you’re going to be a dick about it, took over the role, and has had a fine time fighting demented carnies until that other Batman showed up.
That’s a lot of Batmans. Two Batmans is more than two of anything else. Even Batman is having trouble dealing with this many Batmans, and this is Batman we’re talking about. He can deal with everything.
Then this happened:
Batman wants even more Batmans.
Batman’s thinking about franchising this whole caped-crusader thing. Set up some local chapters. Russian Batman, Japanese Batman. Sorta like the Batman of All Nations, but less blatantly racist. One can hope.
I suppose this should be pretty thrilling news-getting more Batman is like finding out that you’ve only been celebrating Beginner Christmas-but I can’t help but be a little cautious. Could there be an upper limit? After watching a guy kung-fu a pirate, watching him move on to upper management is a tad disappointing. As it stands, Bruce Wayne has been back and kicking for less than two weeks. And he’s already looking to outsource? At least cripple a mugger or something, guy. Jeez.
ComicAlliance has an excellent annotated article on the issue, in case you’re the kind of person who wants to read about other people reading comics. Some more, I mean.