Monday, May 7, 2012
The latest of Russ Burlingame's "International Exchange" interviews with Dan Jurgens is up at ComicBook.com. I may have my problems with the decompression in Jurgens' recent JLI stories, but I have to say that I really admire his willingness to discuss each issue afterwards. That's above and beyond the call of duty for a professional with his portfolio.
IX: It's interesting–the dialog between Batman and Batwing suggests that even the superhero community isn’t really clear on Booster's "deal." Did you want to roll back the number of people in the hero community who knew his "secret?"
Dan Jurgens: No. It's just that we tend to be a skeptical society now.
If an individual suddenly shows up and claims to be from the future, some people are bound to be skeptical. On top of that, I think Batman, more than any other hero, would be the type to check into it on his own and make sure.
Now, if you wrap that into the idea of a hero who advertises projects and tends to hype himself, well, you can see why Batwing would have assumed it was an act.
I'm skeptical about the implication that we were not a skeptical society "then." I don't think there has been a point in history where the general population would believe a man's own claims about being from the future. Even in 1955, we'd want a doctor to take a look for head trauma in that "future boy."
What I'm still more skeptical about is the possibility that Batwing isn't a jerk.
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