Comic book writer bows out from Batman after killing off Robin

Tue Jul 9, 2013 11:06am EDT
 
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By Paul Casciato

LONDON (Reuters) - After killing off Batman's Robin and re-inventing the X-Men, Scottish comic book writer Grant Morrison is looking for other superhuman legends to transform with his pen.

Morrison - who has also taken on Spiderman and Superman in a 25-year career - has decided to leave the caped crusader in the hands of other writers after the final issue of his "BATMAN, INCORPORATED" DC Comics series comes out this month.

"The seven years has exhausted everything I ever had to say about the character," Morrison told Reuters in a telephone interview.

Morrison, 53, said his final iteration of Batman had used ideas from the character's entire journey from the crime fighter created by writer Bill Finger and artist Bob Kane in 1939 through his slapstick portrayal in the 1960s US TV series to director Christopher Nolan's brooding 2008 "Dark Knight" film.

"Batman seems to be endlessly pliable and malleable in that he can assume all kinds of guises from the comedy pop-up Batman of the 60s to the very militaristic, realistic, trending Batman of Christopher Nolan," Morrison said.

In his latest guise, the writer created a Robin character who was the son of Batman by the daughter of a master criminal.

Raised by a criminal gang to rule the world, Robin discovered his true father was Batman, decided to become a superhero but died saving the planet at the tender age of 10.

"The story was always going to be about this little kid's journey from being trained by assassins and raised by an evil cabal of people finding out that he is the son of Batman and trying to live up to that legacy," he said. "The story for that character was always that he would die in the end."   Continued...

 
Posters of the film "The Dark Knight Rises" are displayed outside as people wait for the midnight premiere of the final instalment of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy at the National Auditorium in Mexico City July 23, 2012. REUTERS/Henry Romero