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DC Comics to Kill-Off Batman

Posted: November 18th, 2008 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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Just as The Dark Knight closes in on $1 billion worldwide gross, DC Comics is ready to have Bruce Wayne "die" or at least give up the cape in his monthly comic, reports USA Today. Batman #681, due November 26th, wraps up writer Grant Morrison's Batman R.I.P. story line, in which the crimefighter is so shaken by a secret from his past that a new Batman must be found.

What makes this "death" go beyond the usual circulation booster is the talent involved. Helping to bury Batman will be best-selling novelist Neil Gaiman, who created the goth-cult Sandman comic 20 years ago.

Gaiman is writing a two-issue tribute to the character, starting with Batman #686 and tentatively titled "Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?," due in February. "This is my last Batman story," he says. "And in some ways, it could be seen as every last Batman story."

Working with artist Andy Kubert, Gaiman will try to reconcile the various versions of Batman, some wisecracking, others brooding, over the Dark Knight's 69-year history. "There are infinite Batmans," he says. "It has been really hard on Andy because I keep asking him to draw in so many different styles."

DC Comics asked writer Alan Moore, creator of "Watchmen," to similarly wrap up Superman's first half-century with "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?" in 1986. The character was retooled shortly thereafter.

Do you think DC Comics will resurrect Batman again in the future?

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kidmerchantfourth5665 writes:
on November 17th, 2008 at 10:17:45 PM

nope... they shouldn't its long enough. R.I.P BATMAN L8TER :)
Milwaukee Marvel writes:
on November 17th, 2008 at 10:19:06 PM

he comin back.. dc want that money, batman is money
The Skippy Spartan writes:
on November 17th, 2008 at 10:44:21 PM

yeah if they want more money they will bring him back!
i3u7n5 writes:
on November 18th, 2008 at 1:13:53 AM

The oldest and weakest of comic book gimmicks - run out of enough ideas and kill off the character. He'll be back in a year, two tops. How boring...
CornLord writes:
on November 18th, 2008 at 1:49:54 AM

I think they'll bring Batman back, but whether or not it'll be Bruce Wayne is iffy. It might be a good change, like what they did with Captain America last year (if I'm not mistaken).
Blank x2 writes:
on November 18th, 2008 at 2:22:07 AM

It's just one of the biggest and most popular fictional characters ever created. I'm sure they won't bring him back. That's about as sarcastic as it gets.
Sinestro writes:
on November 18th, 2008 at 2:45:30 AM

He's not going to physically die. That was confirmed by the writer months ago! Do you guys really want to step into the dark and miserable place that is the world of comics news? I'll advise against it. He's not gonna die, he will go away for a while and one of four people will take his place. All this was confirmed long ago by DC.
PrevalentMind writes:
on November 18th, 2008 at 7:52:09 AM

Cuz it worked for Spiderman...pffft haha...let's bring on the clones!
Johnny Neat writes:
on November 18th, 2008 at 8:37:11 AM

Yeah they will do the same thing they did with Superman. Comics are becoming routine and cyclical to the point of boredom. They need new creative talents, mostly writers, to bring in new blood. Bringing in famous literature or film talents is lame for the most part in comics and a typical corporate strategy. No, Indie comics is were the medium is going for creativity as mainstream "superhero" books are to corporately driven behind milking properties for profits over artistic acclaim driven by reader response and not institutional awards and profits.
PrevalentMind writes:
on November 18th, 2008 at 9:22:42 AM

Also- why does every 'bigshot' in the comic industry feel the need to kill off at least one superhero? "I can't just create something new- I have to destroy and erase the work that came before me." The comic industry seems to have some major egos posing as humble artists. I laugh when people are like, "They're ruining the comic!" When frankly, the comic was being ruined by comic book writers in the first place.
i3u7n5 writes:
on November 18th, 2008 at 10:31:32 AM

I've always had a problem with Grant Morrisson when it comes to super hero books. He's a great story teller but he reminds me of a sort of David Lynch type artist. Where Lynch goes weird for weird's sake, Grant goes big for no other reason than to do so. His JLA stuff was expansive and sweeping and overwhelmingly over the top. I saw this coming a million miles away and it's what drove me away from comics after 25+ years of reading. I recently started reading comics again after a 4 year sabbatical, oddly enough the same time RIP was announced and knowing Morrison's penchant for letting loose, I stayed away. "Event" driven storylines are bad enough, throw in the sensational aspect like killing off one of the most beloved, well known characters in modern pop culture much less literary fiction it just screams of a slap dash attempt at $$$. It's the Batman - deconstructing him, even doing away with him is the BEST you can come up with? SOrry but Grant needs to go back to the LSD and write some more Invisibles
Black_Jack writes:
on November 18th, 2008 at 11:58:17 AM

Two words: BULL sh*t!! Killing off a charcter is NOT the way to go. "Boy, every time we kill and resurrect a major character, we make tons of money!" That all that the execs at DC are thinking. It raised money for Spider-Man, Captain America, Superman, and even Batman. Not they are killing Batman AGAIN! I can see the ads: "BATMAN R.I.P.: This time it's for REAL!!"
jsoto127 writes:
on November 18th, 2008 at 1:31:18 PM

WHAT A f*ckKN STUPID IDEA
Sinestro writes:
on November 18th, 2008 at 5:25:16 PM

He's not gonna f*cking die! WP has no idea what they are rambling on about!!
i3u7n5 writes:
on November 18th, 2008 at 6:23:26 PM

You're obviously a comic reader Sinestro and I agree, Brue Wayne isn't going to physically die but if he gives up the "mantle of the bat" (such a stupid euphemism, thx Denny O'Neil) and ceases to be Batman then essentially he is "dead" and we have on our hands yet another event driven storyline to follow over the course of the next 1-2 years as "new" Batman takes up the role until something incites yet another event at which time Bruce returns. Note to DC: it's called "Knightfall" and you've already done this once before and it was dumb and gimmicky then.
Sinestro writes:
on November 18th, 2008 at 10:45:14 PM

The problem is that DC has a clusterf*ck on their hands. RIP takes place either before or after the Crisis. This means, that either the Crisis is meaningless, because things aren't really changed, or that RIP is meaningless because in Crisis (as evidenced by Requiem) Bruce Wayne is Batman. Totally FUBAR'ed, yes, but he is definitely not going to die.
Dinka writes:
on November 20th, 2008 at 7:33:42 PM

Oh, dear, DC...didn't you learn from the horrible mullet-of-a-mess that was SUPERMAN?

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