Brian Azzarello recently spoke to WB about the upcoming straight-to-video release of Batman: Gotham Knight. Azzarello wrote the fifth segment in the film entitled “Working Through Pain”. His segment takes on a more non-violent direction, a different path from the movie’s other segments. Check out Azzarello’s thoughts on the film, plus several new photos, after the jump.
Azzarello had a great experience writing for the project:
Warner Bros.: For starters, what was your overall impression of “Batman Gotham Knight,” and were you pleased with your segment?
Brian Azzarello: I liked the film – it’s a very interesting take on the Batman character. It holds together cohesively, yet each episode is strikingly different. And I loved (my segment) – it’s great. I really liked the animation. It was fascinating seeing my words moving around. When I write, I see it in print – I don’t see it moving. So it was fun and it was a good experience.
WB: Were there any particular visuals that struck you within your segment?
BA: Seeing wounded Batman – now that struck me. I enjoy wounded Batman. It humanizes him. It showed a true physical struggle, and that’s something you can relate to. And the character Cassandra was a bit hotter than I thought she’d be … but that’s okay.
Azzarello also spoke about his motivations for writing his segment, and his reasoning for the non-violent storyline:
“If I have a story, if I have something to say, that’s my motivation. For this film, I had something to say about Bruce Wayne as a character, what his motivations are. That there’s something dark and wrong about what drives him. Batman is a super hero and he does good. But I think the Bruce Wayne part of the character’s motivation is slightly twisted. Bruce’s motivations don’t come from a good place. He’s angry and, in that revenge is really his goal, he’s a dishonest character. That’s why he has to wear a mask. He’s doing good, but he’s not doing all the right things for all the right reasons.”
“That plays into this story. It should be a story about non-violence, but that’s the lesson that Bruce doesn’t learn. On the surface, Bruce is on a spiritual journey, but his spirit was corrupted when his parents were killed. And it’s not something that I think he’s even interested in fixing.”
Batman: Gotham Knight (official site) will be released on both DVD and Blu-ray Hi-Def on July 8, 2008. Check out some newly released photos.
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Trapped in the sewers beneath Gotham, a wounded Batman sees the light of the city above.
A young Bruce Wayne travels to India to learn the ancient techniques of dealing with pain.
Bruce Wayne is awakened in the middle of the night.
Young Bruce Wayne stands tall in the crowd during journey through India.
Local hoodlums challenge the notion of an outsider — Bruce Wayne –being taught ancient techniques.
Bruce Wayne practices meditation under the tutelage of the beautiful, mysterious Cassandra.
If you missed it, check out last week’s article on writer Alan Burnett here. I’ve also included the movie trailer below.
Source: Warner Bros.
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