Over at Newsarama, Vaneta Rogers interviewed Gary Frank and Shane Davis, the artists on respectively, Batman and Superman for the new EARTH ONE line.
While Frank (his greatly Langella-esque Alfred above) was greatly motivated by the desire to work with writer Geoff Johns — “if Geoff said right now that he was writing his version of Arm-fall-off Boy, I’d be throwing my name in the hat for the pencils”– he was also frank about the future:
But, you know, I think DC just wants to try something different. Times are changing and comics don’t sell what they once did. Every few years you hear people talking again about how the industry is on it’s last legs and, while Hollywood has been good to us in recent years, no one knows how long that will last. There’s an awareness that we all need to adapt in some way and I’d personally prefer to go this way than digital. Call me a dinosaur but I like paper.
On the other hand, Davis was just plain scared shitless:
It was pretty intimidating when [DCU Executive Editor] Dan [DiDio] first talked to me about it. His amount of faith in me scared me when he first talked to me about this. I knew this was a really important story, and I was really intimidated by it. I honestly wasn’t sure I was the right person for it.
I even said to Dan, you’ve probably got somebody else who can do this better than me. Whatever I’m doing, there’s somebody there who can do it better than me. But Dan thought I was the guy for it. And I fought that, even trying to get them to let me do a different project. I mean, this scared me a lot. I think that’s understandable.
Then I thought to myself long and hard for a couple of days, and I read the first 38 pages of the script, and I it dawned on me that I probably am the guy for this, simply because I’m in awe of the project. I’m the right guy because the character’s going to come before my ego and myself. And that probably is why I am the best candidate for it.
Just to wrap up internet reax to the new line, here’s Matt Maxwell
And oh yeah, comics retailers will be able to sell them too. Nobody’s debating that, though people will ask if the regular Wednesday crowd has any interest in OGNs featuring their favorite characters in a brand new continuity and universe. I’ve already seen complaints about Superman’s haircut, so I’m guessing that there won’t be widespread embracing of the form (but I’ve been wrong before.)
And Johanna Draper Carlson, with DC Launches Earth One; Reaction Not as Positive as Hoped .