Grant Morrison is calling the new DC approach to continuity the "DC Multi-Multiverse," and said the concept has opened the door for him to create "weird" and "strange" versions of DC characters in his two upcoming series, Multiversity Too and Batman: Black & White.
"I've got a bunch of stories that don't quite fit into continuity that I've always wanted to tell, and this was an opportunity to do those things and find a home for them," Morrison said in a new DC video.
Included in the ideas Morrison is exploring are a Flash love story for Multiversity Too, where the character ends up going as fast as light, and a female Batman story for the anthology book Batman: Black & White, which is being illustrated with a real-life model through photography.
"[DC Co-Publisher Dan DiDio] just said, you've got to do something with this. You can't just say there's another Multiverse and then do nothing with it," Morrison said, then explained that he told Dan DiDio that actually, there are an endless number of Multiverses in the DCU. "It's not just another Multiverse — it's as many as we need. You know? There's, like, little champagne bubbles in a glass. "
The Multiversity Too books will be a line of original graphic novels beginning in 2016 with Multiversity Too: The Flash. The writer is also going to be releasing original Batman stories as part of an anthology with other creators in a series of graphic novels titled Batman: Black & White.
For the Multiversity Too: The Flash story, Morrison said it's a story that he's always wanted to tell. "It's kind of a love story of the Flash that takes away from the superhero thing that's just about the basic story of, he's a scientist getting faster and faster," the writer said. "And at the end of that — the upper limit of that — is the speed of light, where matter can't exist and time comes to a stop.
"So it's really a love story," he said, "and this guy getting faster and faster and his girlfriend trying to deal with it."
He said he'd also like to do a story with the Atom.
"For a long time, I've had a story with that character which didn't fit into any continuity," he said.
Morrison said there's no prerequisite for reading Multiversity Too — that readers don't have to read his Multiversity series at all.
"These are stories we want to be able to tell from the ground up," he said. "You've never seen these characters before, and you'll have a complete adventure. You'll get to know the characters. You don't have to know anything prior to that at all."
The writer said his new Batman: Black & White book will involve "a bunch of alternative artists from Los Angeles" creating different versions of Batman. "They're really amazing painters and photographers and designers," Morrison said, adding that there will also be some well-known comics creators involved as well, such as Bill Sienkiewicz and Ivan Reis.
"Once we start expanding out, I think it'll get quite weird," he said. "The Batman book is quite strange. It presents very unusual versions of Batman."
One story he described in particular is being created by Allan Amato, a Los Angeles photographer. "There's a girl playing the Batman character in that," Morrison said. "There's this model called Elisabeth Evans, and she actually went into training and she's got herself, like, buffed up like Batman. It's scary. So she's made this amazing, kind of fetish-istic Bat-costume for it. And it looks amazing."
A fetish-istic female Bat-costume? The photographer may have already previewed the costume and artwork on his Twitter. A search through Amato's feed revealed the artist released an image on June 24 of a female "alien Batman" and links to Evans' Twitter.
"We've got a character in that story called Moonface, which is like Two-Face, but it's a woman who's got, like, phases of the moon sort of darkness across her face," he said. "So at the start of the month she's good; at the middle of the month she's half good and evil; and at the end of the month, she's completely evil."
"So it's kind of, we're just going in weird places with Batman. And there's a Bat-Mite story in there and stuff like that," he said of Batman: Black & White. "We're just taking Batman ideas and doing them in a different way."
Morrison said he's been going back to his notebooks to reconsider "all the stuff I didn't get to do… things that didn't fit into continuity or fit into the way things were going at the time.
"Now, it's open season on any weird idea," he said.
Watch the DC All Access video in full here: