Zoe Ambrozewska Staff Writer
Publishers DC and writer Grant Morrison have confirmed in an interview with the New York Post that Batman’s sidekick Robin is to be killed off in the next edition of the comic ‘Batman Incorporated’.
Robin’s current alter ego is that of Damian Wayne, the 10-year-old illegitimate child of Bruce Wayne and Talia, the daughter of Ra’s al Ghul (played by Liam Neeson in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy).
"Robin is killed in a fight with an assassin, who is subsequently revealed to be a clone from his own genetic material. Unusually, Batman arrives too late to save his only child’s life."
Distraught fans may find some solace, however, in Morrison’s assurance that “He saves the world. He does his job as Robin. He dies an absolute hero”.
Morrison, who used elements of his own parents’ divorce when writing the story, also said, “It’s all about the family and the family going to hell”, adding, “The two adults in the story are both culpable. The kid’s the good guy.”
Fans have experienced a number of different Boy Wonders across the years, starting with Dick Grayson in 1940, and this is not the first time Robin has lost his life. Following the results of an infamous telephone poll to decide Jason Todd’s fate, the Joker killed him in 1988.
Issue eight of ‘Batman Incorporated’ goes on sale Wednesday 27 February.