Batman writer defends today's shocking DC Comics death

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Feb 27, 2013, 12:01 PM EST

The DC universe lost a fairly major player today, and writer Grant Morrison is here to explain why a character from Batman had to bite the bullet. Spoilers ahead!

Morrison has been framing DC’s Batman strategy for several years now, and a major part of his narrative came to a head today with the death of Bruce Wayne’s son Damian in Batman Incorporated #8.

In a blog post, the writer says the death flows with the long-running Batman theme of broken family, which finally culminated today:

“I chose to build my story around the basic trauma, the murder of his parents, that lies at the heart of Batman’s genesis. It seemed to me there would be a part of Bruce Wayne that resented his parents for leaving him and especially resented his father for not being Batman that night, so the principal villains were an archetypal bad father figure in the form of Dr. Hurt and a dark mother in the form of Talia, our villain for the concluding chapters of the story. 

This master theme of damaged and ruined families was nowhere more in evidence than in the creation of Damian, the first “Son of Batman” to be acknowledged in the canon. In many ways this has been Damian’s story as much as it has been the story of Bruce Wayne and it’s a story that had its end planned a long time ago - for what son could ever hope to replace a father like Batman, who never dies?

And so, via Batman, Batman and Robin, Return of Bruce Wayne and Batman Inc. this epic tale has finally reached its finale.”

Morrison’s tenure has made for some of the best Batman stories in years, and he’s left an indelible mark on the franchise.

R.I.P., Damian.

(Via Digital Spy)