We all know that Bruce Wayne didn't really die from Darkseid's Omega Beams. He's been sitting in a cave, apparently lost in time, drawing bat-symbols on the walls. I guess he's had enough of that. DC has announced that Bruce is getting off his butt and will be battling through "the waves of time to reclaim what was his - his city, his life...his cowl?"
Even though we all knew this would happen one day, the fun will be seeing how Bruce gets back. In April 2010, DC will publish Batman: The Return Of Bruce Wayne #1 (of 6). Sound a little cheesy? How about if I mention that Grant Morrison will be writing and will be joined by an all-star cast handling the art?
Does Bruce Wayne have what it takes to face his toughest challenge yet? Can he make his way back to the future? What will happen to Gotham City and Dick Grayson when (and if) he returns?
What does Mr. Morrison have to say on this?
For more on Grant Morrison's thoughts, check out an interview he did with USA Today.
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.