A few years back, we got to pitch BATMAN for LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT. The added kick, was that we’d have been allowed to play with the western version of Batman that had been popularized by Grant Morrison. All of the stories were episodic, but when read together contributed to a much bigger and broader story: Here are a few bits from the pitch that I really loved:
Reporter L. Frank Baum receives odd letters in the mail, which causes him frightening hallucinations. At the same time, a local business man uses this as an opportunity to spread fear as The Scarecrow.
“The Lazarus Tonic”
Batman tracks down Arkady Duvall, who is illegally shipping “medicine” down the Mississippi River. On the trail of Arkady, he finds himself in direct contact with the Society of Shadows.
“The Chronic Argonauts”
Batman encounters Tobias Manning, who has used H.G. Wells’s notes to travel through time. His plan is to alter history, allowing the Confederate Army win the war by killing Ulysses S. Grant.
“All Hands On Deck”
Batman learns that the Royal Flush Gang has been performing some riverboat heists. Going undercover a gambler, he soon discovers that that all 52 passengers aboard are members of the nefarious gang.
Looking back at some of my favorite DC Comics from the past. I always enjoyed this ‘world’s greatest detective’ take on Batman. Denny O’Neil and Neil Adams’ revitalized one of comics’ greatest icons — and on every page in their run, you can see it.
Like the Joker? You indirectly have this story to thank for it. In 1973, ”The Joker’s Five Way Revenge” returns the Clown Prince of Crime to his roots as a homicidal maniac who murders people on a whim. Dennis O’Neil and Neal Adams crafted a fantastic story that not only gave the Joker an edge, but also re-affirmed Batman as one of comics’ greatest detectives!
New York City looking a little like Gotham City tonight.
A HIGH MOON / BATMAN piece that Steve Ellis developed for San Diego Comic Con 2008. The character on the left is Conroy Macgregor from HIGH MOON, while that specific image of Batman was loosely inspired by GOTHAM BY GASLIGHT.
Early last year, Steve Ellis and I thought it would be fun to write up and develop a Catwoman digital short in the style and format of our digital comic series BOX 13. The idea was to use the tricks, techniques, and technology of the mobile device to tell new kinds of stories. The piece above is a promo shot we used for the pitch we entitled CATWOMAN: STEAL EVERYTHING!