From last week’s open house:
Mike From Nowhere: 2 Man 2 Steel is going to feature Lex Luthor and they’ve talked about businessman-genius Luthor. (It’s not official, but come ON.) How best to translate Luthor to the big screen?
I endorse the Luthor-as-super-Renaissance-man concept that works the best. Luthor is a super-genius scientist AND a super-businessman AND in top physical condition, because he is driven to excel at all things. It makes him the ideal opponent for Superman – the man who can do everything versus the man who can do anything. Also it means he can wear his power suit, by which I mean “a really nice suit,” which has always been Luthor’s most intimidating look. (The battlesuit overcompensates.)
John: Your Dr. Strange series has been amazing. Any chance you’ll do (or even a few one-shots) of “I Should Write Superman”? Or what you would do if you had a year’s run of Action/Superman/some other similar book?
In the first place, the reason I liked doing the Legion ones and the reason I like doing the Dr. Strange ones is because both of those properties let one play on the fringes of their respective universes, which is great. This is not to say that there are not tons of Superman minutiae which are fun, but everybody has their list of Superman minutiae they would bring back in a comic in a new and improved form (like when Kurt Busiek brilliantly re-imagined the Prankster, for example). There is a long, long lineup for Superman – and the Avengers, and Batman, and the X-Men, and Spidey, and so forth – and that leads itself to a certain sort of conservatism and a little less freedom to experiment with tone.
Or, to put it another way: my prototype for an extended run on a corporate property is more along the lines of Jason Aaron’s Ghost Rider run. Think that level, rather than Superman.
(Also, I would be terrified of writing Superman. I have no idea how people summon the hubris to write it.)
Aussiesmurf: What’s your favourite in-continuity story for each of the following characters that DOESN’T significantly affect the status quo :
1. “Blades” by James Robinson and Tim Sale in Legends of the Dark Knight
2. “The Miraculous Return of Jonathan Kent” by Cary Bates and Curt Swan in Action Comics
3. “The Thousand” by Garth Ennis and John McCrea in Spider-Man’s Tangled Web
JayDzed: Which is the most overplayed, really-limited-joke character in mainstream comics, Deadpool or Lobo?
Lobo, because Deadpool can be used for more jokes. Lobo is only really good for Alan Grant/Keith Giffen style over-the-top violent satire. Deadpool has wider range.