It’s no exaggeration to say that actor David Dastmalchian (pronounced Dis-Small-Chin) is having a phenomenal year. Not only did he provide the voice for Calendar Man in the recent Batman: The Long Halloween adaptation, but he’s set to star in two major blockbusters, The Suicide Squad next week and Dune in October. Things are getting even better as today THR revealed that a new volume of his Count Crowley comic book series is in the works.
Published by Dark Horse Comics in 2019 with art by with art by Lukas Ketner, Count Crowley: Reluctant Midnight Monster follows former TV journalist Jerri Bartman, who returns in 1983 to her small Midwest hometown to host the local TV station’s nightly Creature Feature. Professionally humiliated, Jerri then discovers that her new job comes with a secret, supernatural duty to hunt the monsters who are hell-bent on controlling the news and information that humans consume.
As Dastmalchian told The Beat in an interview, as a lifelong comic fan creating Count Crowley was a 30-year dream in the making. Unfortunately due to the pandemic, Dark Horse was forced to postpone the follow-up series until now.
Dastmalchian also mentioned in the THR article his friends and castmates on The Suicide Squad including Harley Quinn actor Margot Robbie and director James Gunn have been incredibly supportive of the comic:
On set, Harley Quinn actor Margot Robbie learned that Dastmalchian had penned a comic, and asked to see them. Each time an issue came out, he’d drop it off for her. One evening, Dastmalchian was eating dinner with his wife, artist Evelyn Leigh, in Atlanta after a long day of shooting when his phone blew up. Robbie had tweeted about her love for the book and urged people to check it out.
“She was genuinely so supportive of the comic and of my writing,” says Dastmalchian, who also has Dune out this year. “She treats everybody like they are important.”
Gunn also showed his support. On Datmalchian’s final day of shooting The Suicide Squad, the actor was touched to see Gunn wearing a Count Crowley t-shirt he’d given him. Others in the Squad family showed their Count Crowley love as well. Steve Agee, who played the Sylvester Stallone-voiced King Shark on the set, accompanied Dastmalchian to a Count Crowley signing in Atlanta’s Oxford Comics. Peter Capaldi (The Thinker) showed up as well.
Says Dastmalchian: “I feel so lucky to be so supported by the Suicide Squad while Count Crowley was coming out.”