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All Quotes by author - Paul Dini
" A lot of times, female characters - particularly the villains - come off as very one-dimensional. They get the short shrift in that they're only given the snappy comeback, or they're relegated to a very stereotypical role. I want to know what's driving them - that's what's really interesting. "
" As much fun as it is gaming, I have so much to do that I've had to get away from them. I still enjoy them. When I go to a friend's house and they have a game on, I'll happily join in and play. "
" Batman is dark and moody and spooky and, in some cases, methodical. "
" 'Boo & Hiss' has been a passion project of mine for a couple of years. I was intrigued with the idea of what would happen in a classic cartoon predator/prey relationship if the predator - in this case, a cat - got to finally do in his adversary only to have the mouse return as a ghost and bedevil the cat. "
" Creativity, for a lot of young people, is a coping mechanism. It's the only place they feel comfortable. It's the only time they feel like they're being heard or can make a difference, is if they can go into a room and do a drawing or go to a garage and play a song or retreat to this world. "
" I always think of the Joker as the ultimate bully. Nothing he says is funny except to him. "
" If everybody's a winner, nobody has to try very hard. "
" I'm not saying I talk to cartoon characters all the time, but the characters are very real to me. In a very non-insane way. "
" I really didn't have any plan for her other than the henchgirl role, who was better at getting laughs out of the other gang members than the Joker was. I gave her the name Harley Quinn because I thought Harley was a fun name for a girl, and a lot of 'Batman' character names have a bit of a pun to them, like E Nygma. "
" I remembered what it was like: the weirdness, being the odd man out, trying to make my way around campus, and trying to figure out who my friends would be, who to steer clear of. I wrote it all down in a fanciful way - the feelings of alienation, the feelings of uncertainty, of being away from home for the first time. "
" I was writing a script about the Joker menacing a regular person who had strayed into his path, and I needed to give him a gang of henchmen to work with him. The idea occurred to me, let's put in a female henchperson, because that seemed like a fun variation on the regular big thug guys. "
" Kids love the Hulk, but they're not really sure: 'Is he a monster or is he a hero?' "
" My story is just my story, and it's not nearly as traumatic as some. "
" The Joker is a tremendous vehicle for talented actors. Cesar Romero's was a bubbly, lunatic criminal. Nicholson did him as a vain, preening manipulator. Heath's performance of the Joker was remarkable, too. His was a low-simmering crazy street clown. Joker can be played all these ways, and they're all true. "
" There's a little bit of Sid and Nancy to the Joker and Harley look, which I always felt would not be a bad look if they were in a live-action movie. "
" There's a sort of eternal, indefinable 20th century quality to 'BTAS.' We never really pegged the decade, but it's anytime in the 20th century, so I often harkened back to things from the '40s or '50s. "
" There's something very, very liberating about Harley Quinn. Much more so than a character like Catwoman or Poison Ivy. Those are great characters. But then again, those characters are more of the femme fatale and the temptress roles. "
" We're all painfully aware of how suddenly violence can occur, how crippling it is, and how survivors have to find a way back from that. "
" What makes Batman and what makes other superheroes work is the myth that when life is at its lowest, and when you need a hero, a hero swings down and helps you. "
" When it's only you that you can rely on, you're surprised at the resilience you have. "
" When you do an animated series and add characters who are not from the canon, you really have to win over the hardcore fans. "
" Wonder Woman is out there very much defending the right and being strong and being a positive role model. "
" You don't have a Batman without Bruce Wayne. Batman is the edge or scary image for Bruce to use. "
" You don't have to limit yourself or feel that you've been limited by an act of cruelty. "
" You have to be kind to yourself to survive in the world. "
" You have to remember, when someone hurts you, that you are so much more than what they took from you. "
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