Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics [Blu-ray]
THE JOKER, LEX LUTHOR, CATWOMAN, DOOMSDAY, BANE. What makes them so thrillingly watchable? So terribly wonderful? So extremely vital to our super heroes and their worlds? This new feature-length documentary explores these questions across seven decades of DC Comics' hallowed Rogues' Gallery of infamous evildoers.
You won't get anything from me, other than to say that it's been a really, really fun experience.
But I did want to ask you about another Superman story - the short story you wrote for Action Comics, in which you had Superman renounce his U.S. citizenship after involving himself (peacefully) in Middle East political unrest. What was the genesis of the story?
The editors at DC Comics said: 'Hey, we're doing the 900th issue of Action Comics, would you like to write a story?' We had a conversation, and out of the conversation, a question emerged: Is Superman still relevant? Because the numbers on Superman comics are down. So we started talking about what Superman might do about all these Arab countries in states of unrest, with governments battling civil protest. What would Superman do? It was purely a 'What if...?' proposition. What was interesting is that the mainstream public's perception of Superman is 50 years out of date. I think one news program covering the story showed a clip from the 1950s TV show. It was also interesting to me that people thought it was a slight against America. It wasn't meant to be that at all. He was actually trying to protect America from what he intended to do. But sure, the story was meant to be thought-provoking. And by the way: None of this has any connection to the movie. This story is set wholly in Superman's comic book world where he has existed for years. One day when things settle down I'll dip my toes in comics again. If I do, I want to do more provocative stuff like that.
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