I think many of us were wondering what would happen to Dick Grayson when Bruce Wayne finally reappeared on the scene screaming incoherently about time travel, Jackie Chan, and Billy Pilgrm and wanting his job back. The New York Times broke the answer today with the news that we won’t have one, but TWO Batmen running around the DCU.
Starting in November, DETECTIVE COMICS, BATMAN and BATMAN AND ROBIN will feature the ongoing adventures of Dick Grayson as Batman, with Damian as Robin. Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne will take center stage in the pages of Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette’s BATMAN INC. and writer/artist David Finch’s BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT.
While it is an interesting concept, it isn’t the first time we’ve seen multiple people beneath the cowl. But if this is really an ongoing, it will be quite a different world for the citizens of Gotham and those that deal with Batman and don’t know his secret identity. These characters will instantly recognize there are two different people under the cowl (this is going to cause Jim Gordon no end of headaches), or there are going to be those that think Batman is bi-polar – one moment he’s bashing in your teeth and screaming that he’s the God Damned Batman, and the next he’s slapping you on the back and spouting flippantly while doing acrobatics from the rooftops.
I’m sure this will come up in some discussion this week on the Major Spoilers Podcast, but for now, we’ll leave it up to you, Dear Reader, to spout your thoughts on the news.