Grant Morrison on the Death of Robin

Morrison at disinfo.con New York

Long-term friend of disinformation Bryan Young interviews comics legend Grant Morrison for Huffington Post:

Grant Morrison killed Batman and Robin.

Batman came back, but it seems as though this Robin is dead for good. There have been a few different deaths of Batman’s greatest ally, but none have been as meaningful to one single writer as this one has. For those not following along, comics superstar Grant Morrison created Damian Wayne, the son of Bruce Wayne and Talia al’Ghul, who took to the role of Robin with arrogance and, in the end, humbly sacrificed himself as a hero.

By fans, he was hated at first, then loved, and now the tears over his death are many.

In honor of the passing of this most recent Robin, I was given the opportunity to talk to Grant Morrison about his landmark run with Batman and Robin.

Bryan Young: I’ve read that your original plan was to kill Damian after just four issues?

Grant Morrison: Yes, but it wouldn’t have worked after four issues because not only did most of the fans hate him, he was too snotty, he was too arrogant, his death wouldn’t have mattered a lot. But we’ve watched him develop for six years and it allowed us to really get into the character and see his willingness to change and I think when you watch someone’s willingness to change it allows you to identify with them a little more and it made a little more sense to kill him off once we made everyone love him. The best time to kill someone is when the whole world is in love with them!

BY: Why did you feel now was the time to kill him?

GM: It’s about resetting Batman’s status quo. For a long time Batman’s had a dead Robin in the cave and it’s always been a glass case with a costume in there and it’s the one Robin that Batman couldn’t save and it used to be Jason, but he’s come back to life but he’s still got that case in the Batcave…

[continues at Huffington Post]

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  • Sir Legendhead

    Video of the disinfo presentation he gave: http://www.myspace.com/video/atavistmusic/grant-morrison-disinfo-lecture/3594816

    Wish I had more of a comment regarding the article but haven’t been keeping up with comics as of late. Morrison’s lecture is amazing though, rewatched earlier tonight after the header pic reminded me of it.

    • BrianApocalypse

      I was there. Morrison was definitely the highlight :)

  • Reasor

    Superman ought to turn Bruce Wayne in for child endangerment at some point.

  • http://twitter.com/The__Pigman ThePigman

    Stupid reboot still going on, huh?

    • Matt Staggs

      When I had time to keep up with comic books I read a few of the New 52 titles, “Batman & Robin” among them. I thought it was decent, but then again, I really liked Damian Wayne as Robin during Morrison’s run.

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