Why Batman And Robin May Be The Best Comic Ever

Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's new series Batman And Robin aims to update the 1960s Batman TV show by mixing it with David Lynch and Chris Cunningham. Morrison explains his masterplan.

Talking to IGN, Morrison explained what to expect from his new Batman series (and new Batman in general; this is former Robin Dick Grayson under the cowl, remember):

The only way I can explain the tone is that I had this idea of recapitulating the television show in a certain way... I was thinking of what other aspects of Batman are completely out of favor - that people tend to hate and don't seem to work anymore. The Batman 60s TV show was one of those. Obviously it was camp and a product of its time. But when I was a kid I thought it was really serious. [laughs] So I wanted to take some of that bizarre, psychedelic feel. I wanted to take the idea of very short, punchy stories that just kind of existed on their own terms. Rather than Batman RIP, which was a big, epic story that had a lot of secret subtext and hidden meanings and stuff, these are just crazy stories that are pretty upfront.

It was taking that aspect of the Batman TV show and then trying it in with David Lynch and Twin Peaks. [laughs] And creepy European cartoons and marionettes and stuff like that. That bad dreamlike feeling of a Marilyn Manson video in the '90s, or like Chris Cunningham's video for 'Windowlicker'. [laughs] Again, it was about trying to fuse those two things together into a bad trip, Lewis Carroll kind of world.

And that's exactly why we can't wait to read it. Batman And Robin #1 is released next week.