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The Return Of Bruce Wayne Begins In April

It's about time he tried coming back.


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?

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. 

For more on Grant Morrison's thoughts, check out an interview he did with USA Today.
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Posted by johnny_spam

I would have waited till July to release the first issue instead of April still I live Grant Morrison's Batman run so I'm sure I'll get it either way.
Posted by Son_of_Magnus

His return should be in the Red Robin book ....

Posted by They Killed Cap!

Im glad they are bring him back we all knew it would happen. But, Im tired of them killing people then bring them back and...then killing them again. It is old. Stories would have more drama if they kill charecters for good. But with that said Im glad he is back.
Posted by johnny_spam
@They Killed Cap!:
He didn't die in the first place, he left a corpse but that was a result of the Omega Beam which forces people to live more than one life over an over again.
Posted by Hamz

Glad to see him making a return, but a small piece of me liked the idea that DC might just continue to keep Bruce stuck in time but never able to return. A death without truly being dead. Would have respected them if they did that.

Posted by NightFang

I'm glad to see Bruce is returning but i've would have waiting for 2012 to bring him back.

Posted by Nighthunter

Waaaaaaaaaaaaay too soon
 
Comming from a guy whose favorite hero is Bruce Wayne should fell you something

Posted by ARMIV

Lost in time-didn't the same thing happen with Cap?

Posted by Nighthunter

yes

Posted by johnny_spam

Yeah but weren't people saying Captain America lost in time was similar to what happened to Batman in Final Crisis? It's no wonder Batman and Captain America always get along in DC Marvel crossovers.

Posted by xerox_kitty

Curses!  G-Man usurped me!  ;)

Well, I predict that all of the Batman Rogue's Gallery will consolidate their forces, combine all their know-how to pull him back through time to the present day.  However, one he's back, his hair will turn green and Bruce will be possessed by the Joker... no waittaminute...
   

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Posted by Sentinel of Magic

Am I the only one excited for Batman as a PIRATE?!
Posted by burr787

Grant Morrison said that Dick will remain Batman for at least another year but this still feels too soon to bring Bruce back. Also does he have to dress like a bat in every life, does he have a fetish or something?

Edited by Archetype
@ARMIV: well Cap relived parts of his own life.This seems to be different, Pirate Batman? Awesome?
 
I know why they want to draw this out because they think it is a huge thing and they want money but I think you could wrap this up quick and make it dramatic and it would be a bit better and more serious and better.
Posted by ARMIV
@Archetype said:
" @ARMIV: well Cap relived parts of his own life.This seems to be different, Pirate Batman? Awesome? I know why they want to draw this out because they think it is a huge thing and they want money but I think you could wrap this up quick and make it dramatic and it would be a bit better and more serious and better. "
Here,here.
Posted by skaarason

can't wait , gm and  batman ,  i can't get enough !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by AtPhantom
@Nighthunter said:
" Waaaaaaaaaaaaay too soon."
Agreed.
Posted by DMC

Just like the return of Steve Rogers......too soon 
 
I haven't been keeping up with Batman but I know plenty of people love Dick Greyson as Batman. I would have prefered to see DC keep the current status quo going for a few years more because it would be a shame if his return affected the Batman and Robin title. Dick and Dameon are perfect for that series.
Posted by blade hunter

I would like Dick as Batman and i dont really want bruce back and i think everyone knew D.C did'nt have the balls to keep him out of the picture.

Posted by Nighthunter

I demand at least a temporary Batman beyond scenario! Dick as Batman with Bruce as his mentor until he inevetly returns to use the cape and cowl
 
if I'm not given that at least give me this:
 
No dead Dick Grayson only because Bruce is back

Posted by darkestknight2.0

i love that he is coming back as i knew he would and best of all grant morrison is writing
Posted by johnny_spam

The smart thing to do here will to read both Batman and Robin and Return if they don't I can predict how people whined last year over not understanding that Batman RIP and Final Crisis were connected.

Posted by waruikumo

YAY 
 
Batman BC or BCE if you wana be politically correct.   
 
 
Had to know this was coming.  thank god Morrison is doing this.  I wonder if they are going to age Bruce, through this?  Like make him a more grizzled old man?  Wonders wonders if DC will attack the Status Quo.  Prob not though

Posted by Omega The Supreme Being

i thought dc would have the dignity and the balls to keep him dead apparently not oh well he is extremely popular and popular people don't stay dead although i thought they would have brought him back as a black lantern  

Posted by Nighthunter
@Omega The Supreme Being said:
" i thought dc would have the dignity and the balls to keep him dead apparently not oh well he is extremely popular and popular people don't stay dead although i thought they would have brought him back as a black lantern   "
hmm batman never died.....
Posted by inferiorego

Caveman Bruce looks super-awesome!

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Posted by goldenkey

I bet we see Vandel Savage somewhere 
Posted by Kid_Zombie

This whole thing reminds me way to much of Captain America, right from the beginning. I thought Cap was to soon and this is also to soon. Why cant we just have a new batman and a new cap? oh well.

Posted by DEGRAAF

i waas all for reading it until i read the article. now i think ill just skip it and just read what other people say about it in their summaries
Posted by G-Man
@Sentinel of Magic: I hoping we get to see Viking Batman (and that he'll look better than this):

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Posted by mv

sweeeeeet

Edited by waruikumo
@blade hunter:
  Its been known since the jump that he wasn't "dead" 
@They Killed Cap!:  
 Yes, I agree I have been loving the Dick / Damian  
@johnny spam:

didn't know that but now it makes sense that theres a caveman, and Pirate Batman. I am wondering if each issue is going the be a different "life" now
Posted by Archetype
@inferiorego said:
" Caveman Bruce looks super-awesome! "
They must have some very large bats in that time.Either that or among his other skills Bruce Wayne is also a master taxidermist capable of stitching together different animal hides to form a bat like appearance.
Posted by The_Martian

The costume reminds me of Stan Lee's Just Imagine Batman
 

Posted by inferiorego
@Archetype said:
" @inferiorego said:
" Caveman Bruce looks super-awesome! "
They must have some very large bats in that time.Either that or among his other skills Bruce Wayne is also a master taxidermist capable of stitching together different animal hides to form a bat like appearance. "
I'd like to believe he's an amazing fashion designer
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Posted by They Killed Cap!
@waruikumo:

I am aware...but I am speaking in general terms...as far as superhero deaths and miraculous coming back from the graves
Posted by Samuraikenpo

 
 
I am huge Batman fan one of the biggest but what the hell is DC doing.  Seriously Batman in Time thats where this is going.

Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir

Two things, first off that is one massive bat skin and second is that pirate looks lkie ca ptain leathe r wing     
 
   
Edited by Silver Knight75

Life is good again!!
 
 
but, how's he going to do it?

Posted by Aronmorales

Batman through time?
as in various roles and gimmicks for Bruce to dress up in?

Posted by The WeatherMan

I hope its as amazing to read as I hope it will be.
Posted by Son_of_Magnus

If they turn Batman into a killer I will cry

Posted by hero vs. villian

At first, I was afraid Tony shit Daniel would be doing all the artwork, but now that I know it's an ALL-STAR cast of artists, I'm not that worried, nor bothered by the amount of junk Daniel will contribute to it. Thanks for the post!

Posted by SUPER-MAN 23

I bet when Bruce gets back to the future it will be like how Cap and Bucky hold the shield. They will make a 5 issue story line with Bruce and Dick holding the Cowl. It will be called "Who Will Wield The Cowl". And I'm sure that at the end of the story Bruce and Dick are both going to be Batman. Because Dick has outgrown the Nightwing outfit, I'm sure of that. Just like Tim is to old to be Robin, He's Red robin I know but it is not robin still. Robin is more like a 13-18 year old system. For example when Dick left the mask of robin he was probably 18 or 19. Every young hero usually out grows their old cloths, and becomes the next great thing. So I can't wait to read this comic. 

Posted by No_Name_

Bruce + CONAN = HOT

Posted by LFCMANIA

the idea of Batman: The Return Of Bruce Wayne #1 (of 6) is kinda awesome but those 2 characters we see - maybe sometimes i wish it was not real !

Posted by danhimself

I'm glad that they're doing it now...why postpone something that we all knew was going to happen anyway

Posted by dc-kid21

sweet

Posted by Harlekin

Dick becomes Batman Beyond when Bruce comes back.

Posted by Moomin123

I like the Caveman-style Bruce Wayne. It's ironic since he usually has hight-tech gizmos to help him, where in the cave he has to use bare essentials.
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