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Quote of the Day | Jim Lee on modernizing villains

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“What you’ve seen over these decades is less of a black and white between the heroes and villains. Back in the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s, you had clear-cut heroes, clear-cut supervillains. Today, you have more of a blend, more of a gray area between the two. You have the rise of the sympathetic villain and the rise of the antihero. You have a lot of characters who follow the motto ‘The ends justify the means,’ and depending on what the ends are, are they a villain or a superhero? That’s what makes supervillains today more modern. We’ll show their back story, we’ll show their motivation. It’s not just about robbing a bank of $10 million. They’re a lot more complicated and layered and thematically rich today than they were in the past.”

— DC Comics Co-Publisher Jim Lee, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times that touches upon Villains Month, digital distribution, and the whereabouts of Batman: Europa.

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There’s not a lot of grey in DC’s maiming. murdering mob.

???????? A few of batman’s villains seem a lot less sympathetic in the nu 52.

Mr. Freeze seems to be somebody with issues from early on in life rather than be a tragic figure, Talia Al Ghulwas turned into evil evil amoral psycho who has no qualms with joker scale destruction, and Harley Quinn blows up a bunch of kids without the influence of the Joker.

Sounds a Little like Claremont regarding his use of Magneto and that was more than 30 years ago

I did enjoy most of the villain issues, but I’m not sure they shed a lot of grey-area light on the bad guys. Just because you had mommy/daddy issues as a kid, doesn’t necessarily mean the characters are more layered and rich (re: Ventriloquist, Joker, etc.).

Thanks for the update on comics circa 1998, Jim.

Captain Whitebread

October 7, 2013 at 12:00 pm

How should heroes act? Elliot S! Maggin nailed it in “Superman: Last Son of Krypton”: “There is a right and a wrong in the universe, and the distinction between the two is not that difficult to make.”

I think that I beg to differ. I haven’t seen Superman or Batman going around casually murdering people…yet.

This sounds pretty good, at least until you get 10+ books about how all Batman’s enemies had lousy parents in one month.

Jay, it looks like Batman got the better end of the deal. Dead parents>bad parents, clearly. I can’t wait for the meme of someone like Two-Face repeatedly yelling “My parents spanked meeeeeeee!!!”

Jim Lee’s secret (?) identity as Captain Obvious has been blown.

Go back to your time-travel spaceship from the 90s, Jim Lee.

Yeah!! Whats wrong with him?? Answering the question that the person from the LA Times asked him! Shame on him.

It’s better because it’s grim and dark.

Yo, Jim Lee, how can you call it “modernizing” when you’re stuck in 1992? It’s time to move on, bro.

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