DC's 'Batman Eternal' team talk exploring new corners of Gotham City
Snyder said he's used "Zero Year" to confront some real-world fears, like terrorism and climate change. After a shorter detective story following the end of "Zero Year," Snyder said he's planned "something that's going to rock Gotham in the craziest way we've done so far. You have to go big for the 75th."
"Batman" #31 contains a face-off between Batman and the Riddler -- Snyder said the issue also has one of his favorite splash pages by Capullo. Fawkes chimed in to express his fondness for the Riddler -- even though, he said, his friends as a kid tried to convince him the character was lame. Fawkes said he doesn't think anyone will think that of the Riddler after "Zero Year."
Transitioning to weekly series "Batman Eternal," Tynion said it's set to explore corners of Gotham City that haven't gotten much exposure yet in The New 52. Snyder said readers will see "Leslie Tompkins and the extended Bat-family."
"You have so much room, that you can tell the craziest, most over-the-top stories that change the whole city," Snyder said. "We're telling a story so big and so nutty that you need 52 issues to do it."
Talking of the collaboration process involved with the series, Seeley said, "It's very fluid, because it has to be. I talk to you guys way more than I talk to my mother."
"We're all working on aspects of Gotham and Batman's universe that we all personally love," Fawkes said. "For me, I love the darkness of Gotham. It doesn't take much for me to get these guys excited about something really creepy and strange happening."
Nguyen debuts on "Batman Eternal" with issue #4. "This is my first time working on a weekly," Nguyen said, speaking of the important of coordination. "I could be working on issue #15 or #16 -- someone's still working on issue #6 or #7."
"This is something we've been working on non-stop since almost September," Tynion added. Commenting on the recently released "Batman Eternal" #4 cover, Tynion described it as, "Batman and Batgirl having a minor disagreement."
Tynion said he'd like to do 52 more weekly issues after "Batman Eternal" wraps. The panelists said they've become like a "club" through the experience.
"Batman Eternal," Snyder said, is the creators exploring their favorite aspects of Batman while "always clicking that big machinery forward." "You're going to see all of your favorite villains," he continued. "Basically everybody's status changed, mythology turned on its head." The story, he said, will "shake things up in a good way, that's true to the core."
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