It has just been announced that the greatest living writer of superheroes, currently in the midst of restoring Superman to his proper glory in the All-Star title, will be the new regular writer of the flagship Batman title:
In an unexpected announcement at the DC panel (though not coming as a complete surprise), it was just announced Grant Morrison will be the next regular writer of Batman, following James Robinson’s eight-part story arc running through that title and Detective beginning in March.
…Morrison said that he’s already plotted 15 issues, and in his first issue alone, he has 15 ninja man-bats as well as Talia, and the story is called “Batman & Son”. Morrison said Batman coming out of 52 OYL will be a more of a “fun guy, more healthy”, more like the “Neal Adams, hairy-chested, love-god” version of Batman.
Sounds good to me! Newsarama also adds:
Though not announced or even confirmed, popular rumor and speculation still holds that one of the DC exclusive Kubert brothers will eventually be announced as his artist.
I’d say that’s sound, and I further predict that ANDY Kubert will be the one pencilling the Bat, based on this clip from the DC website (video | audio), in which he talks about his familiarity with sketching the character until it comes naturally. Which would be great, because I think Andy is closer than his brother Adam to capturing the Neal Adams spirit that Morrison evidently wants to evoke.