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Scott Snyder is the best comic book writer because he can generate a sense of humor from the most mundane things. His letter columns, which appeared in both The Atlantic and The Daily Beast, are as subversive as his stories, but even more glorious. It's his irreverent sense of humor that keeps his work fresh and moving forward. He tells the stories that shape him and his respect for the subject matter, along with his sheer talent make him the best comic book writer of all time.
It's time we talk to the man himself about the secrets of his success.
Listiclon 5000: What are you doing?
Scott Snyder: All I'm doing is re-reading Batman and letting the character and the stories do most of the talking. Just rereading those stories and what I love about them is to see how they approached these characters. It's how they created them.
Which goes back to when I was young and up to that point I would buy stories that were literally the first 13 issues of the comics they were putting out. And Batman and the rest of them. You're like, "Oh, that's really good." And they didn't get much better. It would all get bigger and better. You know, and it got to the point where I was like, "I don't read comics, but if I did, I'd read them all."
Listiclon: You don't have to live to be successful.
Snyder: That's not true. [Laughs] That's just not true.
Listiclon: What are you doing to make yourself successful?
Snyder: Just getting back on the treadmill. It's just been a long, long, long, long, long, long time that I've been working.
And that's the great thing about comics. There are still so many books out there, that when you hear you're reading one you have no idea what it's about, and yet I guess in some way we all become comic book readers, because they are what they are.
Damian Wayne is a reclusive billionaire who sells guns to young people and lets kids die in the streets. He sells a gun to a number of people, including his mother and teenage daughter. Then someone makes him see that it's wrong.
And so, Batman's not just this somber, slightly mentally challenged guy who has a huge story that he needs to tell. Bruce Wayne is a really rich character, and he really cares. He's more a philosophy teacher than he is a vigilante who has to take on bad guys. A lot of people are missing out on him because they think he's just Batman and a villain. But he's just a guy who's got to put his life on the line just to tell the truth.
Listiclon: Enough about Batman already.
Snyder: Well what do you want to talk about? [Laughs]
Listiclon: Yeah, maybe talk about some of your other stuff!
Snyder: OK. One of the things I love about Batman is that he's so easy to identify with, so there's that romantic aspect. It's something that's been so interesting about writing Batman because he's very wise, right? He's spent a lifetime looking for the truth and when you're an adult, you can appreciate that a lot of time, but it's a little easier to see someone who's played by a grown-up.
Even just a guy who's got a costume that's basically a cape on his chest with the TV on in his hand and his eyes closed. And so I've wanted to explore that love for wisdom and research and actually thinking about that deeply and spend some time with my students on it.
Listiclon: Bruce Wayne is getting his shit together.
Snyder: I can't tell you anything about the future of Batman without spoiling a few things.
Listiclon: But Bruce Wayne is the guy we all know. He's the reason we read Batman.
Snyder: Not exactly. Bruce Wayne is getting his shit together in a completely different way than he has since 1939. He's on his way to being The Thing, which to me is the character's equivalent of coming to terms with your sexuality. Even if you didn't read comics in the '60s, it is fairly obvious that his work, the art in particular, has changed and will continue to change. These are three times-periods in his history. The first story was after The Dark Knight Returns, the second after The Long Halloween. The third one is a direct-to-DVD sequel to Man Of Steel. When you look at what his scripts are like now, they're not just gritty "wow, Batman's a badass" stuff. They have comedic beats.
Listiclon: What's next for Scott Snyder?
Snyder: I'm working on Batman, which will be out early next year. I love that world and I know that DC is keen to get it back on the stands, so I'll have a say in how and when it gets picked up.
We're also working on the next Batman series, Batman '66. We're setting it in the early '70s and we're going to have Hal Jordan. I'm creating a whole world around that series and looking forward to talking about it soon.
Listiclon: Who would you most like to see in the spotlight as the main superhero in Batman: Year One?
Snyder: I would have to say Hal Jordan. No, I would say Superman, Superman. I can't think of a less offensive, more interesting, more fun, more entertaining character to draw in.
Listiclon: Did you mean Batman?
Snyder: [Laughs] I have that idea of a character, he's changed. It would be more dramatic if he was like, "Kneel before me." But he's still that shapeshifter. That's all I'm gonna say.
Listiclon: Have you talked to Peter Tomasi about doing Green Lantern or any other DC books?
Snyder: We did. He's like, "I've been having the same weird problems with my favorite hero's costume." So I emailed him, he got back to me.
Listiclon: Cool. You're the guy who wears Batman socks.
Snyder: Yeah, it's kind of weird. [Laughs]
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Listiclon: You're sending mixed messages right now.
Snyder: Then I've succeeded. If there's one thing that's been proven over time in comics, no matter what it is, it's the best thing you can do is keep surprising people.
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