Graphic Novel Friday: The Grant Morrison Interview: All Things Batman (and More)

When the opportunity arose to interview comics writer/mad genius Grant Morrison, I knew I had to take it. What I didn't know was where to start. Grant Morrison's career has spanned top-tier team books like the Justice League of America and New X-Men, C-list characters like Animal Man, creator-owned projects like The Invisibles, event books like 52, Final Crisis, and Seven Soldiers of Victory, and, of course, his runs on Batman and the Eisner Award-winning All-Star Superman. This two-part interview was conducted in late November 2010, coinciding with the release of Batman and Robin Vol. 2. Looming in the distance was Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne, an event that has been in the works since 2009's Batman: R.I.P., making the Caped Crusader an obvious focus for our conversation.

In Part One, we discuss individual characters, like the original Robin, Dick Grayson, the latest Robin, Damian Wayne, and the different approaches to writing both in the same book, as well as the few superheroes Grant has yet to make his own. Part Two deals with the Batman and Robin book and how it leads into The Return of Bruce Wayne. Then, my inner fandom gets the best of me, and we discuss loose ends in Final Crisis and a few of Grant's lesser-known characters and projects. A full transcript follows the podcasts. I had to keep whittling away at that quick intro, because your body of work in comics is so vast. Are there any projects left that you’d like to tackle?

Grant Morrison: There’s still a couple things. I’d still love to do a Wonder Woman story, and I’d like to do something on the Flash. You know, I’ve got a really good idea for the Flash, so one of these days I’ll maybe do that. But pretty much every other character I’ve ever wanted to do, I’ve now gotten the chance to write them.

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