Exclusive Interview: Grant Morrison on Batman Times Three

The next few months will see a whole colony of Batman comics written by Grant Morrison. Besides the ongoing Batman and Robin, whose most recent issue ended with one of those classic Morrison twists that are obvious only in retrospect, he’s writing the six-issue miniseries Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne (which launches next week), as well as three issues of Batman dealing with the Batmen of the past, present and future. Morrison spoke with us this morning about his plans. So Oberon Sexton is actually Leo Quintum, then! (Laughs) Is that how it works? Or maybe Xorn. Was the plan from the beginning for the last panel of Batman and Robin‘s first year to be that revelation? Always, yeah. The Joker’s been kind of haunting the book since the beginning. The next issue’s even better, because it’s a different Joker than anything we’ve seen before. It’s a black mass for Batman, basically, from page one on. You’ve mentioned that the next Batman and Robin storyline, “Batman and Robin Must Die,” will reflect the themes of “Batman R.I.P.”–can you say a little bit more about that? I got the basic idea for this new version of the Joker, which I don’t want to say too much about, because I hope the next issue will be quite exciting to read, but it came from the notion that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce; this is “R.I.P.” as farce. But how do you make farce even scarier than tragedy? That was the idea that I built this story on. Each issue’s got the title of a different painting: the first one is “The Garden of Death,” the second one’s “The Triumph of Death,” and the third one, best of all, is “The Knight, Death and the Devil.” So, that said, it’s based on how far you can take the gothic feeling of “R.I.P.,” beyond ultraviolet, beyond humor… it’s everything about Batman going wrong and upside-down. That’s all I’m going to say about it. You’re also writing three issues of … Continue reading Exclusive Interview: Grant Morrison on Batman Times Three