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" A character wandering around asking, 'Who am I?' isn't, in and of itself, a story I'm interested in telling. "
Who Am I
" I've always had a thing for theme parks and their less-glorious cousins, amusement parks, the carnival midway, and others of such ilk. "
" Some of the best moments I've ever written have come about because someone, somewhere, blew my preconceptions out of the water and dropped a detail in passing that took the work in an entirely new, entirely unexpected, direction. "
" I'm a Caucasian American Jew. These are all things that make up who I am. "
" I think that Batman loses his efficacy and mythology if he's got too many people around him. That's what the Justice League is for, you know what I mean? "
" The goal with 'Alpha' was to run towards the cliches and then to break through them, and that doesn't change depending on the medium. "
" I just know that if you make a Superman movie you can't take kids to, you've done something wrong. "
" We wanted to talk about death in the DC Universe, and how some people go to get a pass and come back, and some people didn't. That opened up a whole other topic about legacy. We wanted to talk about what was required to be a hero, what were the elements of true heroism? "
" Comics fans want new stuff that looks exactly like the old stuff. It is hard for the publishers, and even the audience, to change something. "
" I'm not a huge Lovecraft fan as far as that goes; I think there are some stories of his that are really quite wonderful, but for the most part, I have great difficulties with his prose - and the more you know about the man, the harder it is to separate him from the work in many ways. "
" Character is made up of a variety of different things. One of those elements is gender. "
" Good fiction can both entertain and light up those dark corners where nice people don't want to go. "
" If someone arrives, fully functional yet a tabula rasa, how does their environment influence, educate, even mold them? And if that is a nurture question, then where does that character's nature fit in? How does that manifest? "
" There are still plenty of people who want to burn me at the stake for my Wonder Woman run. And I can't really blame them, you know? That was my take on the character, and when people are invested in the characters, they see them very clearly and in the way they like. "
" I tend to see - socially, I don't tend to be myself in a male role. I don't know any other way to put it. "
" I love liminal characters. I love these characters that are outside and enter and consequently are perpetually outsiders, and who hold themselves to a higher standard. "
" DC are playing catch up with Marvel because of things like 'The Avengers' breaking six hundred million domestic. "
" Every writer has characters that they become attached to and that they feel very strongly about. "
" All the sudden, I was part of the 'No Man's Land' thing, and there was a bundle of core writers for that, but somewhere along the line, I became the go-to guy after that initial arc. "
" I'm sick to death of the way the Big Two treat people. "
" I think when you're working with a character that another writer is acting as - for lack of a better word - custodian of, your obligation as a professional is to not do anything that violates that 'primary' take. "
" My college senior thesis was going to be on the American private investigator. "
" There are so many great characters because one of the things that makes Batman fantastic is that Batman is tragic. I've said this elsewhere; I've said it over and over again, but the beauty of the character is that he's a Don Quixote. "
" I'm a fan of genre in the abstract, but at best, perhaps all we can really say when we talk about genre is that we're talking about an umbrella that covers a kind of story with certain elements. "
" There is a sequence in my 'Detective Comics' run where you can't find consecutive issues by the same artist. That's intentional. That was done on purpose. "
" Punisher is scary; he should be scary. "
" We forget when we're all grown up. 16 was a long time ago. It's hard to remember how freakin' difficult it is as 16! Life is not easy, and you're trying to figure stuff out. "
" Emotional honesty transcends reality; it's what allows disbelief to be suspended and yet what makes a story stay true. "
" Every character needs an adversary - one who is both challenging and a contrast for the hero. The best adversaries reveal something about the character they're contrasting. "
" I showed up pretty much at the exact right moment to end up with a lot of work on my plate very quickly, because I was young and foolish, and so I wrote very quickly. "
" The worst thing that can happen for a writer is for a writer to start believing their own press. I think the industry, and the comics industry in particular, is littered with the bodies of writers who believed their own press. And you can see the moment they did, and then the work nosedives. "