Batman als Pirat, Cowboy und Neandertaler: The Return of Bruce Wayne

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Nachdem ziemlich enttäuschenden Batman R.I.P., an dessen Ende (Achtung, Spoiler!) Bruce Wayne tot war, dann doch nicht und schließlich wie Ash am Ende von Evil Dead 2 irgendwo verschollen in der Zeit ist. Und es ist ja sowieso furchtbar klar, dass der echte Batman nicht einfach verschollen bleibt, sondern irgendwie, irgendwann zurückkehren wird.

Jetzt hat Grant Morrisson verraten, wie Batman zurückkehrt: Er reist durch die Zeit und bekämpft historische Fieslinge und verkleidet sich als Cowboy, Pirat und Neandertaler und sowas. Klingt irgendwie… interessant.

Q: It's my understanding that Return will follow Bruce Wayne through different eras as he makes his way — presumably — back to the modern day. Any hints on which eras we might see Bruce exploring in his quest to find his proper place in time?

A: The first episode is set in the Late-Paleolithic Era, the second is in Pilgrim-era Gotham Village, and we also get to see Gotham in Western or noir style.

Each of the stories is a twist on a different "pulp hero" genre — so there's the caveman story, the witchhunter/Puritan adventurer thing, the pirate Batman, the cowboy, the P.I. — as a nod toward those mad old 1950s comics with Caveman Batman and Viking Batman adventures. It's Bruce Wayne's ultimate challenge — Batman vs. history itself!

I've tried to thoroughly research each time period so that the stories work not only as at least fairly plausible reconstructions of life in the real 17th or 19th centuries but also as romanticized "pulp" versions too, while at the same time referencing the more extravagant history of the fictional DC Comics Universe in the background.

Grant Morrison on return of original Batman (via io9)