12 Things We Learnt From Brian Michael Bendis Talking To Forbes About His New Role At DC

12 Things We Learnt From Brian Michael Bendis Talking To Forbes About His New Role At DC

The New Writer Steering The Man Of Steel’s Destiny

♦ Last week, DC officially announced what Brian MIchael Bendis’ role would be at the company and Forbes just ran a chunky chat with the man himself. So here’s 12 things we gleaned from it about what he will be doing there…

    1. His connection to Superman runs deep, the writer admits: “I’m a little Jewish boy from Cleveland,” he said, “and my connection to Superman is very, very deep, genetically.”
    2. In fact, it was a trip back to his home city of Cleveland that seemed to convince him to take the DC deal, he admits:”“It just so happened I was back in Cleveland for the first time in years for my brother’s wedding, when the offer was put forth [by DC]. I went to visit my friend John [Skrtic] who runs the Cleveland public library — we grew up together — and he had a Superman exhibition. And I walked in there and it was like the universe was speaking to me, telling me ‘Oh you’ve got to do this!’ And it flooded back to me in the biggest way possible, and here we are.”
    3. He recalls how DC’s publisher Dan Didio originally put the offer to him:”Dan goes, ‘There is a possibility we could give you a first shot to write in Action Comics #1000, and make it really a big part of the Superman legacy and our legacy. What if we put our foot down and say this is a big part of the character, where we’re headed is a big thing and we believe in it, so there’s no better place to put it than in Action Comics #1000 with our publisher Jim Lee drawing it.’ And I was like, of course I’m going to say yes to this!”
    4. Sending DC the script for Action Comics#1000, his debut on the character, was very scary for him, Bendis tells Forbes: “Handing in that script was as nerve racking as anything I’ve ever done,” he admits. “Not only was it my first statement on this universe I’ve just joined, but it’s in the middle of this amazing anniversary filled with not only the greatest comic book creators of all time, but literally my heroes. There are people there who I look at in complete awe, and it was an honour just to be asked for those ten pages, let alone the first ten pages of what will hopefully be a long and successful run.”
    5. He fills in a little bit of detail about the new six part Man of Steel miniseries he is writing as well as Superman and Action Comics:”It’s a big weekly Man of Steel event. It’s six issues, and I’m writing all of them. They’re telling the giant new story that’s the status quo, what’s going to be going on with Superman and Metropolis and everything around him. Again, it’s following up on the big bombs we drop not only in Action Comics #1000, but following up all of those beats and digging in even deeper.”
    6. He is palpably proud of the line-up of artists for Man of Steel too:””Every single issue is being drawn by one of the great DC artists working today, who are also some of the greatest DC artists of all time,” he noted. “I’m very honored to be doing my first project with all of these artists I’ve never worked with before, who I think are amazing. The only artist I’ve worked with before in the run is Kevin Macguire, and I wouldn’t do this without him, because I think he’s one of the greatest DC artists of all time. But then I get to launch with Ivan Reis, Doc Shaner, Jason Fabok, and others who’ve done amazing runs with the character or who’ve been waiting to do very special thing with the character.”
    7. He doesn’t give away much but offers a little nugget of information about the plot of Man of Steel: “The Man of Steel story will debut a huge new villain, a blockbuster villain who connects deeply to Superman’s origin story and to his birthright.”
    8. The writer seems very excited at the prospect of playing with DC’s characters after two decades at Marvel:”It’s all new toys, all new characters — we’ll be introducing a lot of new characters, both heroes and villains. DC set up a situation where my partnership with them is so exciting, it inspires me to create as many new thing as possible. And Superman is long overdue for it.”
    9. It isn’t just Superman that will see the Bendis name at DC either. He has also done a deal to publish the Jinxworld material at the company too in a very good deal for him:“The big headline here is this isn’t just DC grabbing some of my books and giving me a safe place. They came and offered me a genuine partnership. They’ve offered creator-owned books before, but what they’re doing here is something brand new for them and for comics. Hopefully it’s a sign of things to come in the future.”
    10. He went into a little more detail about Jinxworld at DC: “They’re going to take my entire library — and by mine I mean the stuff I own with my co-creators and collaborators — from Powers to Jinx, and to Scarlet and others, and we’ll be releasing it all digitally and in print through Jinxworld, through DC Comics.”
    11. Bendis will also be in charge of a brand new imprint at the company as well as Jinxworld, he explains:”…Separate from Jinxworld, is that I will be hosting and curating an imprint, a custom imprint not unlike what Gerard Way is doing with [DC imprint] Young Animal. It’s going to be a select series of special comics, and we’ll debut what those are later in the year. I’ll be writing some of those and curating the others, but they’ll all be under this imprint and add a very special flavour to the DC Universe. I’m happy to say it will star some of my all-time favorite DC characters in unique situations, and that I could not be more excited for.”
    12. Bendis sees what the Big Two are planning in the spring and the summer is something that is genuinely exciting:”“What’s going on at DC and Marvel couldn’t be more exciting right now, and by summertime I think comic book stores are going to be the most exciting places in our culture. I hope people get a sense of all of this, and go into a comic book store and see if there’s something for them.”

Brian Michael Bendis Forbes www.tripwiremagazine.co.uk

To read the whole Forbes piece please visit here


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