July 31, 2010

A comic over four years in the making now not being made (sort of)

Legendary writer Frank Miller ("300") once had an idea: Have Batman go after al Qaeda in a story called "Holy Terror, Batman." But Batman's company, DC, was "squeamish" about having one of their marquee characters fighting terrorists. Terrorists! (Of course, it was no big deal to have one of their radical-lefty super groups, the Authority, take over the United States government!)

Over four years later (four!) the project has been nixed. Well, sort of. As Avi Green notes,

Earlier this week, sitting over coffee at the U.S. Grant Hotel in San Diego, Miller said the elusive project is finally close to completion but that the name and central character have changed and that DC Comics won't be the publisher. Miller frames all of this as a decision that was driven by the work itself and not dictated by a DC leadership that, according to insiders, has long been leery of the politically charged concept.

"It's almost done; I should be finished within a month," Miller said. "It's no longer a DC book. I decided partway through it that it was not a Batman story. The hero is much closer to 'Dirty Harry' than Batman. It's a new hero that I've made up that fights Al Qaeda."

Like Avi, I really don't buy that this was Miller's decision. Why replace one of entertainment's most popular characters -- Batman -- with a no-name vigilante, not to mention not publish it via one entertainment's largest outlets -- DC? It doesn't make any sense.

But that's the world we live in today, folks. Although Miller rightly had pointed out that "Superman punched out Hitler. So did Captain America. That's one of the things they're there for," and "It just seems silly to chase around the Riddler when you've got Al Qaeda out there," politically correct sensibilities among our cultural Ruling Class take the opposite view. Batman going after al Qaeda may upset ... someone, perhaps some Muslims who'll view it as yet another Western imperialist adventure. Or, other Ruling Class "progressives" who "know" that al Qaeda's anger is justified because of past actions by the United States. (And this is why publications like The Authority are perfectly acceptable, too.)

Posted by Hube at July 31, 2010 02:15 PM | TrackBack

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