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RIP: Bruce Wayne?

Is this really the end of Bruce Wayne? After 70 years of donning the Batsuit and fighting crime is crime finally going to have the last laugh?

(From IMDB News : Death of The Dark Knight? (Monday 24th November 2008)

Batman is set to be killed off after 70 years of crime-fighting - in the comic book which created the cartoon superhero.

Rumours are rife that in the next issue of DC Comics' Batman, published on Thursday, Bruce Wayne will meet a grisly end.

The latest Batman movie, The Dark Knight, starring Christian Bale as Wayne, was a box office smash this year and another film is said to be in the offing - but it appears the comic book equivalent has now run its course.

The Bruce Wayne character is now expected to retire from his duties, perhaps leading to a new Batman or an entirely different superhero to take his place.


Nov. 25th, 2008 01:41 pm (UTC)
Is this going to be another "Death of Superman" publicity ruse? Incidentally, while I'm not normally a follower of Superman (yawn! He's indestructible except against (yawn!) kryptonite) I rate the death and return books as follows:

Death of Superman - Droll and tedious. I read a better hypothetical Death of Superman back in the '70s which actually involved Lex Luthor deviously tricking Superman in the resolve we all wanted to see. Not just the longest most laborious slugfest nobody wanted to see.

Funeral for a Friend - Pass me the cyanide capsules. Where the hell are the cyanide capsules!? What do you mean we've run out? Get me more!! No, really. It's atrocious. The only unfortunate bit is that in between all the drawn out empty wallowing are some important plot points that set up:

The Return of Superman - Which is one of the best and genuinely awesome comic-book stories I've read in so long (if I ignore all the universe history that I haven't been following and therefore confuses me - like the bit about Lex Luthor being dead but not dead as his brain was transplanted to his "son" and everyone thinks he's a good guy and he appears to be dating Supergirl - huh!?). The story is filled with genuine mystery and some real world-shaking plot twists. It's also the storyline that gave birth to Steel who is a great character!

Now, it's possible (and I hope it's true) that this will be the case with Batman because he's simply too good a character to kill off and it makes no business sense what with the films likely stirring up interest amongst new-blood comic-book fans.

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