These days, we hear a lot about movies based on comics taking Hollywood by storm, and while every day there's exciting news coming out of the studios regarding the next wave of surefire superhero blockbusters, very little is ever heard about the comic book side of things. Are sales of "Batman" and "Iron Man" comics going up thanks to successful movies? Do movies have any sort of effect on what happens in the comics? In other words, comic movies are the hottest things going these days -- but what about comic books?
For anyone who's ever wondered about this (and doesn't visit the hardcore comics-specific websites on an hourly basis), the LA Times' Hero Complex blog ran a fascinating interview with the man in charge of the DC Comics Universe, Executive Editor Dan DiDio. With a love-him-or-hate-him reputation amongst comic fans, DiDio has never been shy about voicing his opinions when it comes to the industry, and offered some interesting insight regarding the current "golden age" of comic films we're arguably in right now and how comics play into that.
"We try to create the best stories possible, things that stand nicely when they are collected up and complete," said DiDio in the Hero Complex piece. "Hopefully, if there is ever a movie adaptation out there, hopefully those are the things that people gravitate toward if they want to learn more about our characters off the screen."
Having come off of a record-breaking summer thanks in no small part to "The Dark Knight," DiDio was asked if this summer's "Joker" graphic novel (which Splash Page ran an exclusive excerpt of) was initially planned as a tie-in for the film.
"This is a coincidence, but if you look at 'The Dark Knight' and this new 'Joker' graphic novel that just came out, the similarities are stunning," explained DiDio. "The reality though is the 'Joker' graphic novel started one to two years before the Batman movie. It was years in the making, that book. The fact that they lined up so perfectly is more coincidence than application or planning."
So could the movie arm of Warner Bros. eventually play a factor in their comics wing (DC Comics is owned by Warner Bros.)? "We'd love to be able to plan like that and build off something like that, but realistically that's not how you concentrate on the publishing line. We have to have things that are compelling month to month, not just built around someone else's event."
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