Batman Dies Tomorrow

Robert Greenberger

Robert Greenberger is best known to comics fans as the editor of Who's Who In The DC Universe, Suicide Squad, and Doom Patrol. He's written and edited several Star Trek novels and is the author of The Essential Batman Encyclopedia. He's known for his work as an editor for Comics Scene, Starlog, and Weekly World News, as well as holding executive positions at both Marvel Comics and DC Comics.

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8 Responses

  1. Mitch says:

    My forlorn hope: this is an attempt to bury, once and for all, the bitter/morose/etc. incarnations of the Batman in one great grand guignol, and when Bruce Wayne returns to the role it'll be as a Batman who actually enjoys being the Batman.

  2. russ carreiro says:

    As long as the All Star (Frank Miller) version dies along with him then I'm all for it.

  3. mike weber says:

    Many years ago, just after Doomsday killed Superman, someone in an apa i'm a member of said "If I were Batman, I'd be refusing to take calls from my agent." To which someone replied "Too late – they already broke his back."For just about the ultimate comment on killing major characters:

  4. Lord Snooty says:

    "Daniel will take over" !!! Daniel WHO ????

  5. earl jones says:

    I agree with Mitch. The powers that be at DC have given the fans a Batman who is antisocial, mean spirited, and quite frankly a character who should be rotting away in federal prison, for the whole Brother Eye debacle. What was the cost in property damage, the number of human beings maimed and killed? Thanks DC for giving us a character who is more concerned about spying on his teamates than, oh I don't know making sure the Joker doesn't escape from Arkham and kill another thousnad people.

    • Anonymous says:

      I can't believe people are complaining about the dark tone of Batman. Keeping in mind the nature of Batman and the reality of the world he lives in, plot lines like Brother Eye and War Games only make sense. Who wouldn't want a backup plan in case heroes went crazy? Who wouldn't want war plans for controlling Gotham gangs? Who wouldn't expect all these plans to occasionally go horribly, horribly wrong? I would much rather have a hero writen as Batman has recently whose plans occasionally lead to disastor than a character like Superman (and most other superheroes) who constantly throw cars at people over crowded city streets and knock people through buildings without ever so much as one civilian casualty. It is unreasonable to treat Batman like a happy character that never makes bad mistakes.On the other hand, while I do not want a return to a classic Brave and the Bold I'm-Superman-without-powers version of Batman, it would be nice to get a little bit of stabilty and hapiness in the character. If he made a joke every once in awhile, that would be nice…not a Spiderman joke, but something dark and dry after the action is over. Why not give him a REAL girlfriend? I'm so sick of the six comic story arc of "New girl, I think I love you, girl dies or almost dies or is evil, Batman becomes even more jaded." Bah! Crap! It such a crappy overused story line. If they want to shake things up in the DC universe, give him a girlfriend which actually lasts more than a year! That would be interesting!

  6. earl jones says:

    No one is disputing that Batman should be dark, but you made my point when you mentioned the War Games debacle along with Brother Eye. These are not isolated incidents, but a continuing pattern of bad judgements and Batman refusing to act responsibly. This not the Batman character that a lot of fans grew to like and admire. The Batman I grew up with, was very concerned about collateral damage and was loathe to place innocents in harm's way. That is the Batman I would like to see again.