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Thursday, November 04, 2010 

Bruce Wayne only making it harder for himself by acknowledging his Bat-financing

The AP Wire reports on how Grant Morrison is only keeping on with the wobbly "new direction" for Batman by telling the press he's been bankrolling the Masked Manhunter:
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Batman's alter ego, Bruce Wayne, is going public about his role behind the Dark Knight.

After a lifetime spent wearing the cowl - and a scowl that's made him the scourge of Gotham's madmen - the fictional billionaire is taking full responsibility for keeping the caped crusader financed to fight crime.

The admission is unveiled Wednesday in the final pages of "Batman and Robin" No. 16 that marks the last issue in a run by Scottish writer Grant Morrison.

The acknowledgment in the final pages comes as Wayne holds a news conference where he asks those gathered: "Some of you may have wondered ... how does a man like Batman afford to constantly update his crime-fighting technology? Where does his money come from?

"Well, the answer is me."

The confession, Morrison said, is part of a detailed effort that puts into motion a plan for Batman Incorporated, a global network of Batmen from China to Argentina to fight crime worldwide.

Morrison told The Associated Press that the decision was made to protect Wayne's secret identity by deflecting attention away from speculation it was he who wore the cape.
Really, it takes attention away, assuming any was ever given to who's behind the mask? I don't think what works for Iron Man has much effect with Batman. Besides, the main problem now is that, thanks to Morrison's forcing Bruce to do this, he could actually be drawing more unwanted attention to himself and some of his closest allies like Dick Grayson and Alfred Pennyworth: criminals of all shapes and sizes could try to invade Wayne Manor, their businesses and other properties, take hostages, and certainly cause quite a lot of damage that they didn't have many problems with years before. They could even be faced with legal warfare in attempts to unmask whomever wears the cowl.

And setting up a global network of Batmen only belittles the real Masked Manhunter's significance. Under a more responsible writer - and a more welcome atmosphere at DC - Bruce would've simply reassembled the Outsiders. Instead, we've got Morrison and company engaging in the gazillionth publicity stunt.

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You say publicity stunt I say and overboard love of Batman (or rather a particular take on Batman). It's becoming the same attitude that makes me hate Wolverine so much.

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