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Writer pens the death of The Dark Knight

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An image from the Batman RIP series by Grant Morrison. Image by Tony Daniel courtesy of DC Comics

Image by Tony Daniel courtesy of DC Comics

It’s almost unthinkable; the death of a superhero, but Scottish graphic novelist Grant Morrison has inked the plot to end all the plots: the demise of the Dark Knight.

In the latest issue of the long running Batman comic series, Batman RIP, Morrison depicts Gotham’s decline into chaos as Bruce Wayne and the Caped Crusader disappear into the ether. It transpires that our hero is caught in a helicopter crash as he attempts to catch Simon Hurt, the volume’s villain.

The infamous cape and cowl belonging to Batman are discovered by his former sidekick Nightwing, prompting rumours that Gotham’s savoir is no more.

Six months down the line a Gotham City police officer is mercilessly tortured by a member of the Black Glove gang before conceding defeat in pain and describing how Batman and Robin met their end.

In an interview Morrison said this would definitely be the end of Bruce Wayne’s Batman, adding: “People have killed characters in the past but to me, that kind of ends the story.

“I like to keep the story twisting and turning. So what I am doing is a fate worse than death. Things that no one would expect to happen to these guys at all.”

Morrison was also given the unbelievable task of killing off Superman in DC’s All Star comic series.

Batman RIP is released as a hardcover volume on 4 February 2009.

Have a look below for an exclusive interview with Grant Morrison for

…and for the author’s viewing pleasure, some action from The Dark Knight (Whoop!):

How would you kill off Batman? It’s not as easier as writing Peggie Mitchell out of the Eastenders script that’s for sure. Anyone currently penning a story for a graphic novel?

Words: Dean Samways


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  1. Christopher Nolan should eventually kill off the dark knight in one of his upcoming batman films. It would be sad, but it hasn’t been done before, and I think it would make a great ending to the new (greatest) batman franchise.

    Alan Medlock

    November 27, 2008 at 8:01 pm

  2. That’s a fantastic idea. Nolan as a writer has definitely picked up the Batman franchise and giving it a good kick up the cape. A twist like that would be amazing. It’s hard to look beyond The Dark Knight though. He’s used the best villains to their best potential, he shouldn’t even consider bringing in Robin or Batgirl; where do you go from there?

    The Nolan’s are such good writers though that I’m sure something amazing will come up.

    The Scribbler will naturally keep you up-to-date with all the latest developments with Batman 3 and it’s script.

    Dean // Editor

    Dean Samways

    November 27, 2008 at 8:36 pm

  3. as far as i know batman was killed in a fight against an enemy of the JLA (was it darkside???).
    Ironically batman shot this world threatening foe with a gun and a bullet that can kill godlike beings, before being burned to death by this enemy´s rays.(theese rays leave some room for speculations, since mr. miracle was hit by them before, his body being severly damaged and his spirit trapped in a dimensional prison of eternal deaths… but mr. miracle returned…)

    mike wolff

    January 23, 2009 at 8:28 pm

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