I'm finding Grant Morrison's plans for Batman more than a little bit... Odd. I mean, I get where he's coming from in some ways. There's no doubt that Batman is more than simply a thug. He always has
been that citizen of the world. And I agree wholeheartedly with the idea that being
Batman keeps Bruce Wayne sane.
But the very idea of Batman, Inc.
still bugs me. It's not the idea that Batman would have an international reach -- he's done that before with the Outsiders. It's certainly not the fact that Batman would train other heroes -- he's got a long history of doing that. It's the idea of branding
that bothers me. In my eyes "Batman, Inc." cheapens the entire idea of "Batman."
Batman has always been a singular hero. It's true that he surrounds himself with allies and assistants, but they've never been a part of Batman
. This thing Morrison is going to do will change that. For the first time (at least as far as I'm concerned) there is going to be more than one Batman.
For me, one of the things that always made Batman so interesting was his uniqueness. He can
fit into a host of different genres and media. But at the heart of it all he was still Bruce Wayne. Dick Grayson taking over as Batman were the first cracks in that (and we all know that I haven't been all that pleased with Dick as Batman).
I guess what I'm getting at is this: when you dilute something it loses its potency. When you dilute Batman you remove a lot of what makes him special. When Bob Kane and Bill Finger created Batman he was the
Batman. But you can't have the Batman if you have more than one.
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