DAMIAN WAYNE Resurrection: Should DC Do It - Yes or No?
CREDIT: DC Comics
It's an understandable and simple request: Batman wants his son back — and so do a lot of fans.
But should DC resurrect Damian Wayne?
In March, the Batman and… comic (the former Batman and Robin) jumped head first into a storyline called, "The Hunt for Robin." As the four-issue story kicked off, Batman was hot on the trail of Ra's Al Ghul, who had stolen the corpses of Damian Wayne and the boy's mother, Talia Al Ghul.
Although Ra's has made it clear that he plans to resurrect Damian, most likely by utilizing a Lazarus Pit, the real question is… should DC let the boy be resurrected?
In anticipation of the possible resurrection, Newsarama looks at the pros and cons of bringing Damian Wayne back to life and back into the New 52.
DC has already been putting significant effort into publicizing the anniversary of Batman's first appearance . While the official date of the celebration was March 30th, there are indications that this summer will see a Batman event that highlights the hero's longevity.
A return of the man's son might be a good present for the Caped Crusader to mark his 75th, and it would put a lot of feel-good smiles on Batman fans, most of who were heartbroken when Damian was killed in 2013.
Peter Tomasi, writer on Batman and…, told Newsarama that, "issues #29 thru #32 [of Batman and…] are the prologue for one of Batman's big 75th anniversary stories this year within the family of Batbooks. And it leads to our humongous and major story that starts in July, which I'm sure DC will be announcing in a month or so."
(It's worth noting that the writer also hinted about a "couple upcoming very special, extra-sized issues by a very special artist." No word on the name of that artist, but all this talk about Damian returning makes us wonder if Andy Kubert, the boy's co-creator, might be making a return of his own.)
Damian Wayne has appeared in multiple video games and animated stories. But perhaps most noteworthy is the May 6th release by DC Entertainment of Son of Batman , the 20th DC Universe Animated Original Movie.
With DC's animated movies coming more and more into line with the New 52 — the company even "rebooted" its animated universe after a Flashpoint-based film, mimicking the print DCU — it would make sense for the introduction this summer of Son of Batman into animated continuity to be accompanied by a major Damian Wayne storyline.
Besides his animated and video game presence, Damian Wayne is also still showing up from time to time in print comics. Even though he was a child when he died, a multitude of stores have depicted an adult version of Damian Wayne — Batman # 666, Superman/Batman #75 and Justice League: Generation Lost #14, to name a few.
DC even recently released a four-issue mini-series called Damian: Son of Batman, written and drawn by superstar artist and Damian co-creator Andy Kubert. While the futuristic story and other versions of adult Damian haven't necessarily been canon, they do point toward the character being a hot property in comics and beyond.
The fact that another Robin, Jason Todd, was once resurrected in a Lazarus Pit means DC has set precedence for this happening. Yes, that also means the publisher would be somewhat repetitive with its Robin resurrections, but when has that ever stopped comic books from doing something?
And there's always a chance that Batman could find a different way to bring Damian Wayne back to life. In the DCU, the possibilities for coming back from the dead are almost endless. Just ask Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman, who have all allegedly "died" at some point in their long comic book careers.
We Need a Robin
The truth is, a Batman without a Robin might be OK temporarily — truth is, we're kind of enjoying the team-ups that Tomasi has been writing lately — but let's be honest here. The Batman and… title needs a Robin.
If Teen Titans does come back someday (and we believe it will), the team needs a Robin.
The Dynamic Duo isn't a duo without the Boy Wonder. Batman needs a Robin. And what better Robin for Batman than his own son?
New 52 Timeline
One of the most common complaints about the continuity established in the New 52 reboot was how confusing it is that Batman had four Robins in a little over 10 years. Among those grumbles were a few naysayers that questioned how Batman could even have a son the age of Damian.
While many readers understand that Damian was a property that kind of survived the reboot, and thus didn't fit perfectly into the new origin story, the current no-son status of Batman does make things a little easier to explain. Out of sight, out of mind — and with no pre-teen Robin running around beside Batman, the reboot that made the Dark Knight so young and new at his job makes a little more sense.
Plus, having a kid around means the character has to age over time. While Batman can stay 30-something for years of comic book stories, a 10-year-old Damian Wayne eventually has to graduate into puberty and adulthood. And that will age his father too. It's exactly the type of conundrum DC was trying to eliminate by rebooting its universe and making its heroes young again.
Let's Hear It for the Girls
It's no accident that Newsarama's Top 10 suggestions for a new Robin included six that were female. Not only did the New 52 reboot take one Robin out of continuity — the female Robin, Stephanie Brown — but there are a lot of kick-ass girls running around Gotham City lately, ready to fill the role of Robin whenever Bruce comes-a-knockin'.
While we love the idea Bruce having his own son by his side, the addition of a permanent Batman blood-related sidekick makes the chances for a female Robin close to negligible. And although the sneak peak issue, Batman #28 clearly established that women (and girls) will be important to the new Batman Eternal weekly series and the upcoming stories in Batman, the elimination of even a chance for a girl Robin is a little disappointing.
Give it a Rest
Yes, Batman without Robin seems like peanut butter without jelly. But the death of Robin happened barely over a year ago — and even less in story time. As we've pointed out here on Newsarama before, would it make story sense for a still-grieving Batman to hurry to put his child into harm's way again?
Grant Morrison, the writer who wrote both the introduction and death of Damian Wayne, made it clear in an interview last year that he thought Damian should stay dead for awhile, and the DC shouldn't replace him as Robin anytime soon.
And maybe that's the best reason of all for letting Damian stay dead — Grant Morrison and Peter Tomasi worked hard to hit readers emotionally when the boy died to save his father. Taking that away so soon — something Morrison himself has expressed concern about — could ruin the impact of a story that made us all love Damian Wayne so much.