Wednesday, March 10, 2010
A Tale of Two Batmen
Well, I've read that DC is already got plans underway to bring Bruce Wayne back as Batman. Which I think we all had a sneaking suspicion that they were going to do right at the beginning of the Batman R.I.P. story arc.
But I'll have to be honest. I've enjoyed the Dick Grayson Batman. I've liked the fact that his Batman hasn't been as dark as the Bruce Wayne one without it being over-the-top lighthearted like the two Joel Schumacher debacles.
This version of Batman has been more like the Carmine Infantino/Neal Adams Dark Knight Detective. There's a healthy balance of darkness with a little bit of lightheartedness. But not lightweight.
But I imagine that with Bruce Wayne reclaiming the tights, Dick Grayson will most likely return to being Nightwing and Tim Drake will probably remain Red Robin with Damian Wayne staying Robin.
Personally, I think DC should take a page out of the current Flash series and keep Dick Grayson as Batman even when Bruce Wayne returns. And have Bruce Wayne and Tim Drake as Batman and Robin and Dick Grayson and Damian Wayne as Batman and Robin.
I think it would work and Grant Morrison has gotten me to like the whole dynamics of the Dick Grayson/Damian Wayne team.
I admit I haven't followed the series as closely since Frank Quitely stopped doing the interior art. But I just picked up a couple issues with new artist Cameron Stewart and I think his artwork works well with Grant Morrison's writing.
But something tells me that when Bruce Wayne reclaims The Mantle of the Bat (I know. Groan!) then they'll probably revert Dick Grayson back to Nightwing and so forth.
Still, the concept of two Batmen intrigues me. I mean, they have three Flash's and about fifty million Green Lanterns. So, why not two Batmen.