JB: Amongst creators and the industry that you worked with, was there preference/pressure for changing a classic character to keep them "fresh" versus inventing a new character?
|Posted: 27 September 2022 at 3:20pm | IP Logged | 1
There were different schools of thought, mostly driven by ego. Many times, when I was starting out, I heard my fellow “professionals” say they did not want to create new characters because they might “give away the next Spider-Man.”
As far as I can tell, that actually happened only once, with Wolverine, and he was far from an overnight success.
DC’s decision to “reboot” Superman seemed to unleash a drive by every artist, writer and editor to do the same with every character, usually “darkening” them to show how cool and edgy they were. (In my opinion this process reached it nadir with the “darkening” of Congorilla.)
It became rather sad to watch writers pitch “dark” versions of the characters, as if that was a new idea and they were the first to think of it.