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Batmen? The riddle of Grant Morrison’s post-Batman and Robin, post-Return of Bruce Wayne, post-Batman: The Return work with the Dark Knight has just been solved: Morrison and frequent collaborator Yanick Paquette will launch an ongoing series titled Batman Inc. The book will see Bruce Wayne joined by a number of characters wearing the mantle of the Bat.
“All I’m going to tell you up front is basically it’s almost a team book,” Morrison explained today during DC’s Batman panel at Comic-Con International, where the book was announced. “I was looking at the Brave and the Bold cartoon which I love and I wanted to do that kind of thing — Batman with other people. We’re come up with a structure that let’s us do kind of a team book.”
Speaking to CBR’s Jonah Weiland, DC Co-Publisher Dan DiDio said the concept has been in the works for years. “This was in place even prior to Batman R.I.P.,” he said. “When [Morrison] came out with his two to three-year plan of what he wanted to do with Batman, we were building to this point.”
All told, it’s a pretty novel solution for the question of who would be Batman once Bruce Wayne returned to find his former protege Dick Grayson wearing the cape and cowl. As DiDio put it, “A lot of people have come to us and said, ‘When Bruce Wayne returns, who’s gonna be Batman?’ The answer is ‘more than one.'”