I've said recently that being a comics fan is less about actually liking the books you buy every month, and more about liking the behind-the-scenes drama many of these books are borne from. Superhero comics are a delicate blend of Soap Opera and Professional Wrestling at their best, and one of the best parts of Professional Wrestling is going behind the curtain to see what a Botchamania the whole business is.
I can see why that mindset would transfer rather easily to comics fandom: It's not about who Batman is beating up, or how Batman is beating them up; it's about how DC Editorial is beating up the bullpen responsible for writing the Batman. Those storylines are more involving, exciting, full of pathos and meaning than a lot of the floppies flooding your local dealer's shelves. It makes sense that longtime readers would shift their focus from the four-color methadone being sold to them, to the raw, uncut dope being manufactured in the shadowy offices with the blinds forever closed.
Writer Paul Jenkins made news for quitting DC, and then penning an open letter explaining why. BleedingCool.com then sought him out for an interview, where Jenkins went HAM on DC Editorial's "bullying" practices. And then on the BleedingCool forums, Jenkins gave a specific example of that bullying.
I would like to relay an editorial comment that I received near the end of my time writing the Dark Knight New 52 series. In one scene, I had written that Batman is sitting on a rooftop during an intense conversation, close to a person who has been injured. The editorial comment: “We’re not sure you are “getting” the character because it’s common knowledge that Batman never sits down.” This, mind you, after I had made it clear I was not going to rewrite material for the umpteenth time after it had already been approved.
Of course, that led to BleedingCool editor Rich Johnston raiding his collection to slap up image after image of proof that Batman, if the urge moves him, will cop a squat or two.
This story is amazing for a couple reasons, mostly because I can't imagine an editor trying to call a veteran writer like Jenkins on the carpet because he thinks Batman—a highly-trained, almost perfect specimen of human athleticism—can't manage the activity of sitting down. The other is that I get to post this piece of evidence to the contrary; not only does Batman sit down, he lounges. Elegantly.
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After the jump, exciting pictures of Batman sitting down.