At Comic-Con, American Vampire helmsman Scott Snyder gave us the scoop on DC's brand new Batman and Swamp Thing series. According to Snyder, both the Dark Knight and the, ahem, Bayou Bachelor face fates fraught with fright.
Post-Flashpoint, everything is somewhat altered, but we're not sure what's been affected. What's Batman's status quo come September?
Everything you know and love about him — his rich history, that which makes him Bruce Wayne — stands. I have no interest in getting rid of any of the stories that you adore as fans. Everything that you know happened. Dick, Damien, Tim, and Jason have all been Robin. That said, there is sort of a compressed history. We wanted to do something with a fresh feel, but maybe [Batman's] somewhat newer to Gotham.
But what my story really is about is a big ambitious thing that I pitched to Mike Marts before the [relaunch] initiative materialized. Gotham is in a lot of ways Bruce's best friend. He believes that Gotham is his ally. But it's 300 years old, and he's only been Batman for a relatively short time. Gotham's been around since the 1700s.
What if Gotham hasn't noticed him, hasn't been paying attention? What happens when it turns its deadly stone eye towards him? He realizes it's actually his worst enemy that's just going to flick him away and bring all of the forces of history — that the Waynes have been politically antagonistic with for years — to bear to crush Batman. Maybe Gotham doesn't belong to the Bat — maybe it belongs to another symbol.
You're writing Swamp Thing, which has a voluminous legacy thanks to creators like Alan Moore and Len Wein (and that rather bizarre Saturday morning cartoon). What elements of his history will you bring to your run?