MORRISON: THE MULTIVERSITY Brings Back Alternate BATMEN From 1974, Calls Out To Original CRISIS

Batman #256
"If Bruce Wayne Had Not Become the Batman" in 1974's Batman #256 by Marty Pasko and Pat Broderick
Credit: DC Comics

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Grant Morrison has been talking a lot about his new DC mini-series Multiversity — yet the more details he reveals about his plans, the more possibilities he seems to open up for what readers will experience from the series.

Multiversity will begin later this month with the first of two "bookends" (numbered as issues #1 and #2), the will continue with seven #1 issues in between that depict various Earths in the Multiverse.

Readers have already seen a map of the DC Multiverse, with hints from Morrison about the comic's threat, settings, and mind-bending structure.

And because Morrison's been talking publicly about the project for at least five years, readers also know many of the characters and alternate universes involved — the Thunder World earth of Billy Batson and friends, the Charlton characters on Pax Americana, the appearance of Nazi Superman and the New Reichsmen, the pulp heroes of the Society of Superheroes, and the offspring of DC heroes who populate the world of "The Just."

"If Bruce Wayne Had Not Become the Batman" in 1974's Batman #256 by Marty Pasko and Pat Broderick
"If Bruce Wayne Had Not Become the Batman" in 1974's Batman #256 by Marty Pasko and Pat Broderick
Credit: DC Comics

In the latest revelation, in an interview with Wired, Morrison said Multiversity will include a slew of alternate Bruce Waynes who each encountered something besides a bat when they became a superhero — and wore a different moniker each time.

Morrison said the idea was inspired by a series of 1970s DC comic strips (actually, from "If Bruce Wayne Had Not Become the Batman" in 1974's Batman #256) that included, for example, a Bruce Wayne who, after his parents were killed, saw a suit of armor and became the "Iron Knight." In the short story, he became a superhero inspired by scorpions, stingrays, owls and "even shooting stars."

"They're all back now," Morrison said, indicating that there will be Batmen on different earths who were inspired by different things, then adding, “How far can you push [Batman] before it stops being Batman?”

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"If Bruce Wayne Had Not Become the Batman" in 1974's Batman #256 by Marty Pasko and Pat Broderick
"If Bruce Wayne Had Not Become the Batman" in 1974's Batman #256 by Marty Pasko and Pat Broderick
Credit: DC Comics

The writer had already called Mutliversity "bizarre" and something that will "f*ck people up" — which isn't new for Morrison, whose mind-bending storytelling has made him a darling of critics after hit series like All-Star Superman and his seven-year run on Batman. Morrison will next release Earth One: Wonder Woman, which he said has influenced his work on Multiversity.

The article also indicates that Morrison will have callouts to not only the writer's former mini-series like Final Crisis and Seven Soldiers (which he's indicated before), but also the 1985 Crisis on Infinite Earths, when effectively ended DC's former Multiverse.

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