Andy Kubert On Damian: Son Of Batman And If It Fits Into The New 52 Continuity
When Damian Wayne was murdered in the pages of Grant Morrison’s Batman Inc. this past summer, some fans held out hope that the Boy Wonder wouldn’t stay dead for long. They got a glimmer of hope when it was announced that Andy Kubert would be working on a miniseries called Damian: Son of Batman focusing on “a possible future that may never be.” You can read the original story on the miniseries by clicking here. Some thought that wiggle room indicated a resurrection was coming. Kubert recently spoke with the folks at CBR about the series and how or if it fits into New 52 continuity.
Kubert started off by talking about how the project came about and what he finds engaging about the character as a writer and artist:
When I spoke with editor Mike Marts about what character I wanted to write, I immediately said Damian Batman from “Batman” #666. I loved the tone that Grant Morrison set for that issue. The characterization and his visuals are great, too. I like the fact that he is violent — even though I’m not a violent person myself, it is a blast to draw. And it’s a blast to draw Batman ripping into someone that otherwise he would just punch or kick.
Damian as a kid isn’t as visually pleasing to draw, but his characterization and body language are. He’s a wise guy and it’s a hoot just to try and get into the acting of the character through the drawing. Also, he comes across with a strong personality. He’s the kid people love to hate.
Damian is…or was a polarizing character. While he had a rough couple of years, it seems a lot of people had come around and ended up liking the tiny terror before he met his untimely demise. Kubert’s story takes place in the future but the question remains whether or not it is the New 52 future. Those hoping for a Damian revival may be disappointed with Kubert’s answer to that question:
That’s the question I get asked the most, and honestly, I really don’t know. I started this story back in 2008 using “Batman” #666 as a springboard and had to put it down to start working on “Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader” with Neil Gaiman. I hadn’t picked it up, or for that matter even looked at it, until this past spring when DC said it was going on the schedule. There’s been a lot of water under the bridge in the Bat-books since, so who knows? Again, this story was written way before “Requiem.” That storyline was not taken into consideration at all.
The story shows the steps and curveballs that Damian is thrown in becoming Batman. It’s nothing he has planned or even thought about, and he’s not sure that he wants to take the mantle, so to speak. There are sacrifices that he has to make for himself to become Batman but he questions whether he can or even should make those sacrifices. And he’s not sure he can deal with it.
So there you have it. This was in the works long before the New 52 was even a sparkle in DC’s eye. While Damian may well come back to life sometime down the line, it won’t have much to do with Damian: Son of Batman. Kubert will still give fans one more story featuring the child of Talia and Bruce, so that’s still something to look forward to reading. You can see the rest of Kubert’s comment about the art of the series and how he’s tackling it as a writer by clicking here.
Source : ComicBookResources