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NYCC 2014: James Tynion IV and Batman Eternal

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 6:00 am by Zakk Saam

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Batman Eternal
, the weekly comic series from DC Comics has officially passed the halfway point this past month. Originally announced last year at New York Comic Con 2013, we here at Geek Legacy had the oppotunity to sit down with James Tynion IV, who alongside Scott Snyder (BatmanAmerican Vampire) is one of the architects of Batman Eternal.

Geek Legacy: Was bring Hush back the plan from the beginning, or did you have other villains in mind during the early stages of development?

James Tynion IV: Hush was always a piece of this story, from its initial inception. There’s so many villains that had appeared in the New 52 so far but he was the biggest that hadn’t. There was no mention. Nothing. We had an opportunity there to do something dramatic and huge with him. There was a panel like a year ago, when we announced Batman Eternal where someone asked “When’s Hush coming back?” and we said that it would take a really big story to bring him back. And that story had already been outlined and I was really excited for them to see it.

shot-to-the-brainGL: You got to play with his origin as well?

JT: It was a decision to really streamline aspects of his background to make him a more perfect reflection of the obsession that is at his core. That’s really what drove us to make any changes we did, but I think at the end of the day it’s still very much the same character.

GL: With half the books already out, the writing process must be coming to a close. If you could, could you elaborate on the writing process, coordinating writers, coordinating artists and how it all comes together?

JT: A lot of it comes down to the editorial team and they have done a terrific job marshaling this whole crazy ship. It’s crazy, but the weirdest thing about it that it hasn’t been a stressful nightmare in any way, shape, or form. We’ve got so many amazing artists working on the book and the writing team is absolutely incredible. Everyone is bringing something different to the table. We all compliment each other and it’s been great.

GL: One of the things most intriguing about this series was the Commissioner Gordon was taken out of play early on, can you describe just how crucial Gordon is to Gotham?

JT: We wanted to start with something that showed how different this series was going to be. We wanted to see, what was something we could do, in a single issue, a single moment, that changes the entire landscape of Gotham City. And that was putting Jim Gordon behind bars. It makes the city a less safe place to be Batman. It means he’s totally out of his depth from the get go. Jim Gordon is one of the most important characters in the Batman mythos and one of my favorite characters of all time. His story is central to the larger story we’re telling in Batman Eternal.

GL: With Batman having gathered the Bat-Family in this crisis, is there any chance Dick Grayson might make a short return to Gotham, even if the rest of the Bat-Family is unaware?

JT: I would say we’re probably not going to see Dick Grayson as a part of this because the moment that Dick Grayson returns to Gotham and reunites with the Bat-Family is a big story. That’s a story that needs to be centered on the family and Dick isn’t apart of the Eternal thread.

GL: Without giving anything away, can you give us a tease of what’s to come?

JT: Just dramatic shifts. There are things that have been running in the series since the first issue that aren’t what they seem and there are more reveals to come and more dramatic shifts that you won’t see coming.

For our interview with Tim Seeley about Dick Grayson, click here.

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