Interview with Brian Michael Bendis, part 4
"I'm a big believer that you stick with
And finally, Part 4.
I just got tired
of using pictures of Bendis.
I'm pretty sure he'd rather look at Charlize,
Part 1, Bendis discussed
Daredevil. Part 2,
Avengers. Part 3, a
smattering of his other work coming from Marvel.
though, is the answer to the question "what are you
doing to make a sequel to Fortune and Glory?" and a
discussion of Batman, Daredevil and what a Metamorpho needs.
How about Hollywood? Has Charlize Theron's injury on Aeon
Flux messed up your schedule for Jinx?
Nope. I haven't even started writing it yet. I'm not even
scheduled to start writing it yet. No worries.
Last year at Comic-Con, you said you were trying to take
an Alan Moore approach, just letting your comics speak for
themselves and not getting worked up over their film adaptations,
but now here you are writing Jinx…
No, no. I actually said I wished I could. I certainly
see that there's a benefit to it, just wash your hands and
say, "whatever." But on the other hand, I love movies and
I love screenwriting. You get these opportunities, and for
comic book writers, it's an opportunity to skip to the head
of the line and write big movies. Whether you get fired
off them or not is another thing.
You've got the
property, and if they want the property you can say, "well,
I'm writing it or f*** you." Ninety percent of the time
As I've detailed
in cartoon form, there are many situations that have not
been the right circumstance. And then there are things that
kind of feel good at the start. This is one of those things,
where it feels like it might happen. We'll see. Hopefully,
Do you have producer status on this?
I've got something. I don't actually remember what I have.
My name is all over it.
You've mentioned that Fortune and Glory has been optioned.
Isn't that kind of redundant?
The sequel writes
There's no option right now. There's someone that's interested
in it that I'm interested in working with, and if I find
the time, we'll do so. But
I never like announcing stuff until the deal is really in
It just floats there. We just got another re-option. It
hasn't moved forward, but it hasn't moved backward. But
we got a re-option, so that's good. It's better than a kick
in the ass.
Has there been any movement - flowers, candy sent - over
the Batman/Daredevil crossover?
Nah. (both of us laugh) THAT did not work. I completely
misread the animosity towards Marvel that they (DC)
I blew it. I
flat out have to say that I blew it. That's why I apologized
I'm not a wrestling
dude, and it turned into one of those wrestling situations.
It was my fault, too. It just happened out of my control.
I should have stopped it immediately, but even as it happened
I was intrigued by the fact that it was happening.
"Wow! This is
happening!" And I was in the middle of it, and could not
stop it, because I was just too curious that it was happening.
But as I said
in my apology letter to everyone, there were words coming
out of my mouth that I wish that I could have grabbed out
of the air and put back in.
I would love
to do it. I'm hoping that they'll look to see how well the
JLA/Avengers hardback did and they would call each
other up and start talking. But it doesn't look like that's
ever going to happen. Too bad.
I've got much
respect for everyone involved. I hope they can start respecting
Let's say a miracle happened, and you did start writing
for DC, but they told you you had to write Metamorpho, what
would you do?
Get Winick on the
phone. It's already happening.
Oh, I would write Metamorpho. You know what Metamorpho needs?
I'll work for
DC one day. I love DC comics. I love the characters. There's
all kinds of cool stuff. It's just that I'm a Marvel kid.
I grew up as a Marvel kid, and I've got a lot of Marvel
stories rolling around in my head.
given to me right now is just amazing. And also, I'm a big
believer in loyalty. Joe picked me out of the ether and
gave me a shot. He put me on Daredevil off of Torso,
and Torso sold 2,000 copies. You know? I'm a big
believer that you stick with your guys. You know what I
There's a lot
of Johnny-come-latelies that have come at me with tons of
money, with really awesome job offers…
You were going to write Sigil, weren't you?
What? You know, Crossgen never called me. They never called
me. I was talking to somebody else, and neither of us were
ever called. It was kind of insulting.
gave me the Kool-Aid. I never got the Kool-Aid.
They might be alive today if they had called you.
No, I think then we'd both be working at McDonald's.
Okay, years ago you got crap for recommending Josie and
the Pussycats. What embarrassing movie recommendation do
you have this week?
Ha! Listen, that was the first movie I saw after 9/11, and
I may have been in a mood…
Don't make apologies…
Oh, I'm apologizing...I got more s*** for that than I did
for Hawkeye. I think I actually lost readers over that.
"I thought you were cool…" CLICK.
to be a connoisseur of s***ty movies. It was my hobby. But
now I've kind of been avoiding a lot of the utter s***.
It's just because I have a kid now, and you kind of lose
the oomph to sit through s*** on purpose. Charlie's Angels,
the first one, I was right there. The first day. I can't
wait to see this piece of s***. I love pieces of s***. But
Charlie's Angels 2, eh, it's out on video.
The old me,
I would have been right there.
How do you say
to your little girl, "sorry, sweetheart, I could watch you
grow up, but I have to watch Cameron Diaz' ass do hammer
Do you feel that your subject matter might change as your
daughter gets older? You might want to write something more
appropriate for her?
There is a very funny moment coming in about twenty years.
My daughter, on her own, I will never force her to read
any of my stuff, but one day she will want to read it. She'll
grab an Alias and Powers trade and go to a
coffee shop or something.
go, "ewww! You're gross, Dad." That's going to be a fun
my daughter's existence has made me even more not want to
suck, because I know she's going to read it. On top of everyone
else who buys my stuff who I don't want to suck for, her
existence is a constant reminder of "don't drop it."
you have kids, some of your emotions are much more right
there. I can write that. In the recent Pulse, people
saw Jessica's hysteria over maybe losing the kid, they can
see that that's what the whole nine months are like.
I was relieved she didn't lose the baby.
That's the cliché. What isn't the cliché, but what everyone
feels, is that overwhelming hope you don't lose this, but
it's totally out of your control. If anything, a situation
in a Marvel comic can over exaggerate a situation like this.
I'm writing the Green Goblin smacking Jessica around, and
certainly no one's ever felt that, but they can feel the
die-hard emotion of it.
God I have an outlet.
spoke a little further of cabbages and kings and Catholic
girls, and I promised Bendis a burger at WonderCon 2005,
where he will be making his first appearance at that long-standing
convention. But at the rate we pin each other down, it may
more likely be WonderCon 2008.