Seven things we learned from Grant Morrison about the World’s Greatest Super Heroes


Earlier today, Grant Morrison joined a team of renowned artists working on a new Superman documentary at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles to host a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything), fielding questions about everything from writing Batman to what kind of Lantern he would be. Here are the most interesting things we learned:

1. His thoughts on how Superman has changed through the years…

Different generations demand different versions of Superman. Maybe [in Man of Steel] this generation needs to see ultimate destruction.

He’s one pop culture character who doesn’t kill. They made the rule late in the 40s. American heroes were cops or gangsters. It took a leap to say Superman doesn’t kill. He’s the one guy that has that rule. I can see breaking the rule makes sense in this generation, but I see Superman as something different.

Every take is interesting with something to see from its creators. For me Superman is the great American hero who doesn’t kill, using his mighty powers.

2. His inspiration for All-Star Superman…

I was just trying to do the ultimate version of Superman. Poured all my ideas that summed up Superman for me. All the stories writer prior to me went into it. Personal inspiration was my father. Also, a guy that I met at Comic Conventions in 1999 that he was so convincing that he gave me new ideas how Superman would sit, think react.

3. After writing both Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson as the Dark Knight, he considers the ‘better’ Batman to be…

Dick Grayson had more possibilities, but Bruce Wayne IS Batman.

4. News on his┬ácollaboration with Batman Inc. artist Chris Burnham on their creator-owned series, Nameless…

Just finished first issue, starting on second. It looks amazing. It’s a queasy existential nightmare.

5. Of all the types of Lanterns he would be…

Rarely seen X-ray one, exists just outside visible spectrum.

6. One character he wished got more attention from writers and artists…

Ma Hunkle. First female heroin, one of the ultimate feminist icons. Someone should doing something with that. This was before Wonder Woman! The original Red Tornado!

7. What’s next for Grant Morrison…

Wonder Woman graphic novel next year. Beyond that nothing planned but anything can happen.