Warning: Spoilers All Around, including Flashpoint and Batman Inc.
“Not everyone is going to survive.”
Or so Bruce Wayne decreed in the most recent issue of Batman Incorporated. That small fact has been known for about eight months now since Grant Morrison had his first interview about the new comic, but the question still remains: just who isn’t coming back for season three (other than Mr. Morrison)?
Let’s talk this out.
(I’m leaving out a majority of the Batman Inc. recruits. Nightrunner—Don’t see him dying. The Muslim Batman—he’s got to stay if for no other reason than the XS mix-up and the death of Ryan Choi. DC needs to keep as many minorities as they can. Same with Mr. Unknown and Cassandra Cain. And Knight and Squire—while I like them, I don’t feel any attachment to ‘em. Same with Mr. Unknown. I’m also leaving out Alfred, Gordon (Officer Down—redux?), and Barbara, all of whom aren’t as entrenched in Batman Inc. as the following candidates.)
Potential Victim: Dick Grayson
Potential Victim: Damian Wayne
In an interview with Topless Robot, Grant Morrison wrote that Damian was originally supposed to die in Batman and Son. #That’s right. The buggar was not going to be here to annoy Grayson and you, but could Mr. Morrison now play out the storyline of “really bad kid…ends up as a good kid but dies tragically?” & “As if.”# As much I tried not to (I really did), I ended up liking this kid, and by the talk in the LCSs close to NYC, Damian’s grown on a lot of readers, too. Still, the facts are starting to pile up. Mr. Morrison says season two will be a real tragedy, and season two—Damian comes into the fold of Batman Inc. (%/^)Hmmm? Coincidence? And what about Batman: The Return? Kid brainwashed to kill papa. Foreshadowing? Could Leviathan brainwash Damian, but to kill whom?
Potential Victim: Stephanie Brown
Potential Victim: Tim Drake
He’s lived through Identity Crisis, Final Crisis, Knightsfall, KnightsEnd, Contagion, Legacy, War Games, No Man’s Land—hell, a battle with so-called angels, but Dick’s being showcased. Damian’s headlining a book with Grayson. Steph and Jason have been there and done that. Let’s not forget, too, that Tim in RR #17 stated Batman Inc. was his idea. What better idea than to kill the person responsible for the team to begin with? Not to mention—Tim, now as leader of the Outsiders—could over-calculate. In Mr. Nicieza’s book, Tim’s been attempting to control situations and even people. Mr. Morrison said that this story will be like Othello, “a proper tragedy about watching someone and seeing things go wrong. It’s not going to be like people think it is, I hope, but that’s the plan.”% Could the person doing something wrong not be Bruce but Tim? Mr. Morrison brings the kid into the fold half way through season one. It gives Tim enough time to get situated in his role as leader of the Outsiders before another crisis hits.
Of course, Mr. Nicieza says he has enough material for three hundred issues of Red Robin, and Tim will be turning eighteen before issue fifty. I could be wrong, but [almost] no one sees this coming, perhaps least of all—Tim.
Devin Leigh Michaels
May 11, 2011
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