When the WSJ is reporting on Frank Miller's Goddamn Batman, you know he's made it into the annals of greater pop-culture:
"Frank Miller, a comics writer who has a long association with the character, is portraying him as unhinged, and suggesting this iconic hero borders on being a psychopath. Mr. Miller's Batman laughs maniacally to himself while on patrol; saunters about unshaven; beats criminals bloody; and kidnaps a young boy to groom him as his sidekick, Robin -- despite protests from other superheroes."
The article's writer, Brian Steinberg, ultimately approves of this latest iteration of the Masked Manhunter, suggesting that the nature of the character and his origin lends itself to this sort of portrayal.
Of course, in the end the longevity of the Goddamn Batman might also be explained in part by the fact that All-Star Batman and Robin, when it comes out, is one of DC's top-selling titles.
If the money is being thrown in this direction by the readers -- more so apparently than even Grant Morrison's run on "Plain Ol' Batman" -- then there might really be something to this crazy Batman and his f**ked up universe that is appealing to the public at large.
My question is: since the status quo and style set by both Miller on "ASBAR" and Morrison on All-Star Superman are obviously so successful, should DC take a cue from this and integrate those elements more in the "continuity" versions?
I'm still getting over the fact that Batman painted himself yellow and drank lemonade in order to beat Green Lantern. I mean, with this knowledge out in the open, the Green Lantern Corps would be pretty much screwed, no?