Originally Posted by Mace Dolex
I'm sure there will be an explanation as to why Batman is carrying a gun (if that is him).
Rik Offenberger: In the DCU at the moment Bruce Wayne is missing and Dick Grayson is Batman. Your series still features Bruce Wayne?
Neal Adams: It features Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson (Robin). I think of it as a movie. This is where we would be with another Batman movie.
Rik Offenberger: Who are the villains that Batman will be facing in the series?
Neal Adams: Lets tread lightly here. These are people we will see: the Riddler, the Joker, Ra's Al Ghul, the Sensei, Trigger - oops, we don’t know him yet do we? We will meet Man-Bat, and Primus, and varies ensundry other characters. The thing is you will not necessarily see these people in the exact same way you have seen them before. Oops, I forgot to mention Deadman, didn’t I? Yes, he’ll be there.
Rik Offenberger: In the art DC is now showing, Batman has a gun. Batman has a lot of history with guns, do we get into any of his emotional or political views towards guns in this series?
Neal Adams: Oh yes! You know we always needed, Batman’s always needed to deal with this. You also know that Batman’s parents were killed with guns. Think about it.
"In a way, Batman has become sort of outdated," said Adams of how he sees the character today. "Even in the movies, they've had to put armor on him and do things to him that have made him stiff and uncomfortable. And they've had to deal with the question of how does Batman – who comes from a time of gangsters and pistols and minimal armament – come into a time where we seem to have the most powerful guns, the most frightful explosive devices...we seem to be in a time where gangsters are armed in a ridiculous manner. There used to be a time where Batman was worried about whether or not a guy doing a mugging had a gun. Today, a guy pulls out a gun as long as his leg and starts firing at Batman. "There are other questions we have to deal with as well. For example, from the beginning Batman put people in jail. Now, somehow Batman's putting people – and not of his own choice – into Arkham Asylum. 'I've got this criminal who's robbed a bank, Commissioner. He should go to jail.' The Commissioner says, 'I think we're going to put him in Arkham.' Why? Because that's what we do in Gotham: put criminals in Arkham Asylum and almost give them a ticket to get out again so we can have the next story...it's a kind of fantasy world Batman's living in. It doesn't seem like he has to deal with it. It's a more deadly world. How does Batman deal with that more deadly world when his code is so inflexible in that he won't kill anybody or maim anybody? He's not a goody two-shoes, but his whole job is to frighten criminals who are a cowardly lot, and scare the hell out of them. But now these guys themselves are so scary and dangerous that the question is: How does Batman up the game? How does he deal with it on a new level?"