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There are two interviews first is with Newsarama and the second is with CBR
DC Editor and Chief Bob Harras talks to Newsarama about the news the Bruce Wayne is funding Batman:
As Bruce Wayne publicly announced that he funds Batman, DC Comics is publicly touting the moment as a historical milestone.
"I think this is one of the Top 10 moments in Batman's long history," said Bob Harras, the recently appointed Editor-in-Chief at DC. "It's historic; it's a game-changer."
The moment itself comes in the final pages of writer Grant Morrison's Batman & Robin #16, which was released today. Bruce Wayne admits that he foots the bill for Batman's crime-fighting technology. "I've been financing Batman in secret for years," the character says at a press conference.
Harras, who spoke to Newsarama in one of his earliest discussions with the press since becoming E-i-C in September, said the idea to position Bruce Wayne as the public financier of Batman was completely orchestrated by Morrison. "This is all part of Grant's long-term planning," Harras said.
Check out the entire interview here.
CBR has also interviewed Bob Harris as well:
CBR News: Bob, first of all a belated congratulations on becoming Editor-in-Chief. I'm sure many of these plans for Grant's Batman run were in development before you stepped in on the job, but I know that you held a Batman writer's summit shortly after New York Comic Con. Was that the first place you were able to catch up on this big shift in the story?
Bob Harras: I would say that was around the time I heard the specifics, yes.
Did you have an idea for what you viewed as the Batman line goal before that, or did hearing things change your take?
Let me tell you how I reacted when I saw the pages, which was around the same time: I felt again like a 12-year-old kid reading comics. It was totally amazing, totally unexpected and was one of those things where I couldn't wait to see what happens next. It made me feel like superheroes were full of possibilities. It was a totally unexpected direction, but that's what I loved about it.
The marching orders from Grant since he came on the line has been to twist expectations. How did the other creators view this most recent wrinkle? Did they take it as a challenge for their books to expand on the idea?
I think everyone honestly is inspired by what's going on with Batman. Most everyone who writes comics are fans as well, so they were excited about it as well. Everyone loves Batman and loved what's been going on. So if they're challenged now to do exciting things in their books as well, that's great. But I can say that the honest reaction to what happened was, "This is cool."
Let's talk a bit about how this will affect the stories themselves. We knew the corporate concept would drive "Batman Inc.," and Grant spoke briefly with the AP about how this reveal reflects that concept, but can we expect at all for folks to be suspicious of Bruce Wayne being Batman with this news out there?
Grant's point of view is that this is the greatest misdirection of all time by Bruce announcing this. In the public's mind, it will separate him further and further from being Batman. This is the man funding Batman is how Grant is approaching this.
And amongst the other books, Dick Grayson remaining in Gotham will support that further?
Check out the entire interview here.
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