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Here it is, the first Morrison interview about Damian back in 2006.
Grant Morrison answers the big Questions about Batman’s son Damian
Move over, “The Omen”-the baddest Damian on the block isn’t the son of the Devil, but the son of the Dark Knight!
Since his introduction in Batman #655, the inaugural issue of writer Grant Morrison and artist Andy Kubert’s status quo-shaking Bat-run, this tiny terror has cut a swath of bloody mayhem and big-time bad attitude throughout the Caped Crusader’s world. The product of a late-night liaison between Batman and League of Assassins chief Talia al Ghul back in Jerry Bingham and Mike W. Barr’s 1987 graphic novel Batman: Son of the Demon, this 8-year-old offspring of two of the world’s most dangerous fighters has already proven himself the equal-if not the better-of Robin, and maybe even Batman himself. With the “Batman and Son” arc concluding in October’s #658, we sat down with proud papa Morrison for all the Damian dirt he could dish.
WIZARD: Batman and Talia’s baby from Son of the Demon has been pretty much ignored by DC continuity for all these years. Did that make it tougher for you to tackle, or more tempting?
MORRISON: For a longtime, [DC] said [Son of the Demon] was out of continuity. Now it’s just kind of out of continuity. I didn’t actually read it before I started writing this. I messed up a lot of the details, like Batman wasn’t drugged when he was having sex with Talia and it didn’t take place in the desert. I was relying on shaky memories. But now we have this new “Superboy punch” continuity [after Superboy Prime attacked the fabric of the universe during Infinite Crisis]. People still don’t realize how important that single punch was to cover everyone’s ass.
Did you have Damian’s arrival planned before Bruce Wayne officially adopted Robin during James Robinson’s “Face the Face” arc?
I came up with him before the [Robinson] stuff. I actually was asked to do Batman about a year ago. That’s when I outlined the first 15 issues. Damian came up because I wanted to do something controversial, and Son of the Demon was part of the Batman lore that hadn’t really been looked at in a long time. I thought there was interesting material there.
Is Damian the anti-Robin?
It’s more of the idea of Bruce Wayne being taken away as this young kid, the idea of Bruce being taken away at the moment his parents die and indoctrinated into hate and murder, and what he’d be like as this ferocious little guy. But inside, he’d still be Bruce Wayne. He could still be something. I like stories of f—-ups who can possibly become something more, and he’s definitely one of them.
What makes this kid so dangerous? Is it the genes he inherited from his parents or the training he received from Talia—nature or nurture?
He has all of Bruce’s qualities, but they’ve been written over by a really harsh, disciplinarian, totalitarian mentality that people have drummed into him. He’s been taught that murder is okay if it serves your ends and advances your purposes, but inside all that indoctrination there’s still some of Bruce. It’s nature and nurture. I want to play with that and see which way he falls.
Do you really think he could be turned into a hero?
That’s going to be the struggle. That’s what we’re going to see. He’s this kid who’s been passed between his mom and dad, the kid who goes to visit dad on the weekend but lives with his mom-a kid who has two different lives. I want to see, more and more, how that affects his life. He does admire Batman. He wants to fight everyone when he gets there because he’s a messed up kid. He has to assert himself to be noticed. He really suddenly realizes, “It’s cool-Batman’s my dad!”
Will he be sticking around in the Bat-verse?
Hopefully he’ll show up again. Once people see the final issue, I think they’re going to say he has to show up again.
When Damian was being, ahem, conceived by Batman and Talia [see inset at left], why was Bats wearing his mask during sex?
Don’t you? Let’s face it: We all have that mask. I didn’t write that into the script. Andy [Kubert] just drew it. I thought it was brilliant when I saw it.