Bruce Timm On Superhero Fans Complaining
It's fair to say ever since WB/DC wanted to try to do a DC movie universe similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans have done nothing but complain about movies that haven't even been out yet in a universe that is one movie deep. Click to hear what Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series) says about fans complaining.
Bruce Timm was one of the creative minds behind the DCAU and several DC animated films. He's a man who knows DC Comics in and out working on numerous DC characters. Currently there has been a lot of raged aimed towards DC's direction for films. While fans are alright with the casting and look of Henry Cavill's Superman, Ben Affleck's Batman and Jason Momoa's Aquaman, fans also are scratching their heads at casting Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller as the Flash, and basically the entire costume design direction of Suicide Squad. Because a film about assassins, criminals, clowns, and killers should look colorful and happy. Ok maybe the clowns should be colorful but that's it. Bruce Timm comments on the fan's outrage relating it to outrage fans gave him while he was working on several DC cartoons.
I’ve had some experience with this, with people being resistant to change. Back when we did the Justice League show, the first season, fans weren’t loving it. The second season they loved it. We fixed all the problems with the show. They were totally on board. And then we pulled the rug out from under them and changed the show completely. We added like 50-some odd new characters and called it Justice League Unlimited. No more two-part episodes. I knew the minute we did it that everybody was going to be freaking out.
And I didn’t care. I figured they were going to watch the show anyways just so they’d have something to bitch about. And then, ultimately, they’ll love the show. We did the same thing with Batman Beyond. When we first mentioned, “Oh yeah, we’re going to do a futuristic teenage Batman,” those are three words that nobody ever wanted to hear in the same sentence. Again, everybody was really skeptical. But they ultimately embraced the show.
I am as intrigued as anybody else [to see Suicide Squad’s Harley Quinn]. But, at the same time, I try to be impartial because I know I have more invested in it. And again, I’ve been on the other end, too. I mean we’ve taken characters that, in the comics, were really different and did something different with them in the animated shows. So I know what it’s like to take a character that you think is one thing and you make it something else.
Our version of Mr. Freeze was something that nobody had ever really done… that’s now become like the default setting for Mr. Freeze. But with a character like Harley, I always just have to remind myself: “Yeah, you know, I’ve taken liberties with other characters, so more power to them. They can do with that character whatever they want.” I just hope it’s good. That’s all I care about.
Bruce Timm does have a lot of good points. If should be noted a lot of the DC animated cartoons Timm has worked out don't completely follow the source material. In Superman: The Animated Series, Brainiac destroyed Krypton. In Justice League: The Animated Series we had John Stewart as the Green Lantern and not Hal Jordan. We also had Wally West as the Flash over Barry Allen and Hawkgirl over Aquaman. In Batman: The Animated Series Timm even had Batman and Batgirl hook up. What are your thoughts on this? Comment below, let me know. Props to JamesMann for posting this in the comments. Peace and remember...
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